This Saturday, mark your calendars for “Giving Back Day” at P. Terry’s Burger Stand. On December 14th, all profits from the restaurant’s seven Austin locations will be donated to the Austin American Statesman Season for Caring program.
I love this concept for several reasons. First, it’s obvious that P. Terry’s takes giving back to its community seriously. Each year, the restaurant chooses four local non-profit organizations as recipients of its “Giving Back Day.” They then designate one day each quarter to support those agencies, and all of their Austin locations work together to make a difference. Over the years P. Terry’s has donated over $310,000 to important causes in the community.
In fact, during the Giving Day last December, P. Terry’s had their busiest day and raised over $17,000 for the Season for Caring program. In addition, many employees donated that day’s wages to the program, and at least one vendor (Farm to Table) provided ingredients to P. Terry’s for free, helping them reduce their costs. The spirit of giving extends beyond just the company owners – you get the sense that the employees and restaurant supporters are like one big family working together to make a difference in their community.
About the Austin American-Statesman’s Season For Caring
The Austin American-Statesman’s holiday charity program, which began in 1999, highlights 12 area families that are nominated by local non-profit organizations. It’s moving to read details about the individual families each year. Every one has a unique story, and although they are all vastly different the families chosen have one thing in common – they need our help.
Another thing I like about this campaign is that the Statesman gives readers an opportunity to see how their donations make a difference. Recently, they ran follow up stories about the families highlighted last year, and it was heartwarming to read first hand how the campaign made a difference in their lives. Most are in a much better place compared to last year, largely in part from the donations from readers and local business contributions.
So this year, we can all play a small part in helping make the holidays better for those families and hundreds like them. Stop by P. Terry’s this Saturday. Grab an all-natural Black Angus beef burger, some fries and maybe a peppermint shake (‘tis the season!). Eat up, knowing that it’s going to a good cause. Then go back for dinner.
P. Terry’s Lakeway Location
3311 RR 620 South
HOURS: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm