CUSSETA, GA (WTVM) - Most of us love to eat, and if we can help out a worthwhile charity at the same time it's icing on the cake, or ketchup on the burger, to use a phrase more befitting of this week's Military Matters.
The Four Winds Restaurant in Cusseta is known for the world-famous Ranger Burger, and it sold a bunch of them recently… enough to raise $1,500 for charity.
The promotion, called Grubbin to Give, put 50 percent of the day's proceeds in the coffers of the Warrior Outreach Program.
"Fifteen-hundred dollars is really great, but the contacts we made here are veterans that needed assistance, veterans that love soldiers and family members, you know, both past, present and future, was remarkable," said Warrior Outreach President Sam Rhodes.
Why was the Four Winds Restaurant was so anxious to help?
"This has been a very big military establishment for the 39 years that it has been open," explained Mark Jones, owner of the Four Winds Restaurant. "We wanted to give back. We do appreciate everything the military does for us. They are a huge part of our business here, and we just wanted to pay back a little bit."
Sam Rhodes founded Warrior Outreach six years ago. He says the organization is often confused with the Wounded Warrior Project.
"I've found that a lot of soldiers and the veterans, they don't want to have a stigma named to them," Rhodes said. "You know, we're all warriors, we all served our country proudly, and our big difference is we're a local entity. We partner with the local communities to help the local folks. And now we've even expanded that to helping the community through the Columbus Grief Center, as well."
As for Grubbin' to Give, look for it to become an annual affair.
"Hopefully, next time we do it we can give a bigger percentage. We have done events where we just gave all the proceeds to it, and that's where we're trying to get to a position where we can do it here too."
Jones took over from the original owner of the Four Winds last November. Jones says being from Columbus, he couldn't bear to see a local institution close.