WEIRTON - While most see holidays as an opportunity to celebrate and spend time with family and friends, not everyone is able to afford to even put a meal on the table.
Over the last few weeks, Weirton's Bob Evans restaurant has been working to make certain some of the local families in need are able to enjoy an Easter dinner. On Saturday, representatives of the restaurant contributed more than $1,100 worth of food to the Weirton Salvation Army.
Since March 7, the restaurant has been collecting donations through the purchase of special Easter bunny decorations, which then were put on display inside the restaurant.
Through the support of its customers and employees, Weirton's Bob Evans restaurant was able to donate more than $1,100 worth of food to the Weirton Salvation Army on Saturday. The contribution will make sure some area families in need are able to have an Easter dinner. Standing with the food donations are, from left, Patrick Stine, Bob Evans assistant general manager, Salvation Army Capt. Goldie Long and Bob Evans Sales Manager Alisha Merico. -- Craig Howell
"The restaurant is covered in pink, blue and yellow bunnies," Bob Evans Sales Manager Alisha Merico said. "Thanks to my staff and the community, we are able to give such a generous gift to local families."
The bunny decorations were available for $1, $5 and $10 donations.
Salvation Army Capt. Goldie Long thanked Bob Evans and all of the restaurant's employees and patrons for contributing to the effort, noting the Salvation Army would not be able to offer its services without the assistance of the community.
"The Salvation Army is very appreciative of Bob Evans for allowing us to assist them in serving the community," Long said.
Long noted with the food packed in foil pans, it also will be easy for families receiving the meal to prepare it for their Easter dinner.
"They can just reheat it in their microwave and have a hot Easter dinner," Long said.
This is the first time the Weirton Bob Evans has partnered with a charity for the holiday, according to Merico.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)