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Restaurants have greatly contributed to community

Bojangles Manager Cynthia Bland

Two local restaurants have contributed much to the local community, but have asked for nothing in return.

Bojangles #852, located at 976 Bells Highway, and Zaxby’s, located at 2046 Bells Highway and have each contributed to schools, community events, and other charitable donations.

Bojangles

Bojangles Manager Cynthia Bland said her restaurant strives to stay active within the community. The restaurant has donated chicken to the local Veterans Victory Home on Sniders Highway near Walterboro; has donated chicken to the Walterboro Civil Air Patrol; has donated meals to the Black Expo at Wescott Plantation; has donated meals to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office; has provided breakfasts to teachers at Forest Hills School; has fed workers at the Colleton County Habitat for Humanity; donated iced tea on both days of Relay for Life; donated chicken to Jerusalem Baptist Church; provided food for the Walterboro Police Department; and fed participating cowboys at the Walterboro Rodeo on both nights.

School meal donations included Colleton County Middle School; Bells Elementary School; Forest Hills, Ruffin, and Forest Circle TAD; and the cafeteria staff of Forest Hills Elementary School.

Bojangles also raised $1,400 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to send Colleton County children to MDA Camp (the restaurant raised close to $400,000 company-wide); participated in Share Nights with both the Band of Blue and Forest Hills School to help with fundraising. Ten percent of all sales between 4-8 p.m. for those specific nights went directly to those school; participated in the Taste of Walterboro during the Rice Festival; provided Certificates of Achievement  Awards for area schools to help motivate students in areas of teachers’ discretion, which also included tickets for free items for the students; provided breakfasts for teachers within schools that had a Teacher of the Year nominee; and donated $400 to the Band of Blue Booster Club.

Bojangles sponsors the South Carolina Teacher of the Year Award for the past two years and will continue to do so. The restaurant also sponsors a Little league ball team at the Colleton County Recreation Center.

Discounts are also provided to community school and churches that want to provide meals or other items. All large orders of $100 or more receive a 20 percent discount with call-ahead ordering. “We strive to give back to the community we serve, hoping to help Colleton County a better place to live,” Bland said.

 

Zaxby’s General Manager Aaron Cradduck and crew helped to renovate a residence in Green Pond.

 Zaxby’s

Zaxby’s latest community service happened two weeks ago when the World Changers, a group that provides home repairs and cosmetic work such as painting and landscaping on homes and yards of residents who are economically impaired, fed all 250 of the volunteers who came to Colleton County.

In May, Zaxby’s General Manager Aaron Cradduck, along with some of his employees, helped the Colleton County Habitat for Humanity group repair and renovate a residence in Green Pond. “We just started this not too long ago when I started working here,” Cradduck said. The restaurant has also participated in 75 fund-raising events for schools within Colleton County.

“We want to be partners rather than just a business,” Cradduck said. “We want to set a positive example. We’re not just in the chicken business, we’re in the people business.”