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Dublin, U.S.A. — Tis the season for cherishing special moments with family. But what about those who don’t have one? Â To honor children in foster care, Wendy’s is asking American families to tune into CBS Television Network’s 14thÂ Annual “A Home for the Holidays,” a program honoring the joys of adoption told through inspirational stories from families involved in this rewarding process and performances byÂ Rachel Crow,Â Melissa Etheridge, Rascal Flatts and other entertainers. The special, sponsored by Wendy’s, airsÂ Wednesday, December 19, atÂ 8:00 p.m. ESTÂ on CBS.
With more than 400,000 children in foster care inÂ the United States, and over 100,000 of them available for adoption, Wendy’s is also encouraging consumers to “tweet it” to “treat it” back to this important cause. For every tweet using #TreatItFwd untilÂ December 21, Wendy’s will donate 50Â˘ to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA), the non-profit organization established in 1992 by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, who was adopted. Wendy’s will donate up toÂ $25,000Â to the Foundation in support of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the signature program of DTFA that focuses on moving America’s longest-waiting children in foster care into adoptive families.
“Our involvement in ‘A Home for the Holidays’ and our social media fundraising are just a few ways we give back to the communities and families we serve every year,” saidÂ Emil Brolick, President and CEO of Wendy’s International. “We are grateful for the support of our customers who have helped us raise more thanÂ $10 millionÂ this year to find permanent loving homes for children in foster care.”
Wendy’s provides a range of ways for its customers to get involved throughout the year, such as:
To date, Wendy’s has helped more than 3,000 children in foster care find forever families, and several thousand more have been matched with families and are awaiting adoption. Data from a five-year study of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids shows that children referred to the program are up to three times more likely to get adopted.