Making Foster Children's Christmas Wishes Come True

By: Leslie Barrett Email
By: Leslie Barrett Email

Updated 12/09/2010 9:12 p.m.

A group of workers from the Wendy's on Gihon Road in Parkersburg, are making a difference in the lives of foster children from West Virginia.

Thursday representatives from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program, collected the Christmas gifts organized by the crew members to give to about 20 foster children.

Wendy's crew members raised nearly $2,000 for the kids. A few people from the community who saw our Wednesday's Child segment also stopped by and made contributions.

Representatives say they are very thankful for the time and effort the crew members have taken on to help give these kids an extra smile at a time when things aren't so happy.

Some of the kids we feature on Wednesday's Child are in the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program.

For the third year in a row, these kids will get almost everything on their Christmas wish lists thanks to a group of workers at a specific Wendy's.

These employees work hard to earn a living each day and when they're off the clock they're working hard to get donations to make Christmas bright for children in foster care.

Darlene Bee, an employee at the Parkersburg Wendy's on Gihon Road, said "And that shows them that we care and we give them our love. And they know there's somebody out there that really cares for them."

It started three years ago when a group of employees at the Wendy's on the south side of Parkersburg on Gihon Road wanted to give back directly to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program in West Virginia.

They started raising money to buy Christmas gifts for these foster kids.

"I think its a nice cause and it helps me feel better at this time of the year because all of my kids are grown up and all these little kids need to be cared for. So me and my daughter and my son-in-law thought that would be a good thing to go and help," said Darlene.

Christina Modesitt, Darlene's daughter, who is also a Wendy's employee, said "It's fun. It shows Christmas spirit and I just like helping people."

This year they held car washes, fundraisers at Wendy's car shows, a Christmas Benefit Dance and silent auction and in the end raised nearly $2,000 for the kids this year.

"There's one (boy) that's never been around any kind of electronics and he wanted a DS and we got a DS for him," said Modesitt.

These kids will be receiving almost everything on their wish lists- including items like an Xbox 360, video camcorders and a mountain bike -thanks to these employees.

In a statement the local Wendy's owners, Ray and Kim Blackburn, said they're proud that the Wendy's crew members continue on the Dave Thomas legacy of not only giving back to the community but also helping foster children.

For more information on adopting children in foster care log onto or call 1-866-CALL-MWV.

In Ohio, you can contact your county children's services office.
The number in Washington county is 740-373-3485.

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