SPOKANE, Wash. - Papa John's restaurants across Washington are stepping up to help Oso mudslide victims by donating their profits to the Salvation Army to help those in need.
Three locations in Spokane, three in Tri-Cities and 40 in the Puget Sound donated the profits from Thursday directly to the Salvation Army and that money, in turn, will now go directly to people working in Oso and the families that have had their lives turned completely upside down by the mudslide.
As first responders are working to clear the debris and search for more victims of the natural disaster, the Salvation Army has responded to provide support to the emergency personnel.
"We have emergency canteens and volunteers that will go to the site and just help with food and support the emergency officials that would be on sight doing rescue and that sort of thing," Salvation Army Major Stephen Ball said.
Providing those services cost a lot of money so it's huge when companies like Papa John's step up like this.
"It's a very special kind of a grassroots response to the need in a local area and donations come and they are earmarked to go straight to that location. It is a very effective way to bring some resources to the need," Ball said.
"It's is a way for us to give back to the community and give back to a great organization like the Salvation Army," Papa John's franchise owner John Grady said.
Grady owns all three Spokane area locations and is hoping for a busy night and to be able to write a big check to the Salvation Army.
"As local owners we are part of the community, so this was an opportunity for us to get in there and help out to those people that are in need because as you know any time tragedy strikes one member of the community it impacts everybody," Grady said.