Weigel’s Family Christmas Helps Children in Need

Tiger Fuel donates to support families battling childhood cancer; Rutter’s gives back to local community.

December 13, 2021

Tiger Fuel Donation

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Weigel’s held its annual Family Christmas event, which gives children in need an exciting Christmas experience, according to a news release.

The event began at the Knoxville Expo Center where kids enjoyed breakfast, played together and met Santa. The children were then transported to Target and given a $150 gift card to spend along with an assigned a volunteer to help them pick out gifts.

“Anyone who volunteers for this program will walk out a changed person—you’re touching the lives of many children and parents,” said Brooke, who has volunteered with the program for three years with her husband and teenage daughter.

The first Weigel’s Family Christmas event started with six children chosen by the Salvation Army. Over the past 16 years, the program has expanded to 200 children and more than 400 volunteers.

Tiger Fuel Makes Holiday Donation to JackFest

Tiger Fuel Company made a $20,000 holiday contribution to JackFest, a family-friendly festival that supports families battling childhood cancer in Central Virginia.

The contribution was inspired by five-year-old Jack Callahan, who beat metastatic cancer after enduring a 13-month course of intensive treatments in 2019 and 2020. After beginning treatment, the severity of his disease required his family to relocate to Philadelphia to access more specialized treatment. JackFest raises funds to support services that will allow more kids like Jack to stay close to home for treatment.

“The Callahan family has touched the hearts of many within the Tiger Fuel family. We’re inspired by Jack’s story and the dedication to paying it forward,” said Gordon Sutton, president of Tiger Fuel Company. “In lieu of holiday gifts like wreaths and gift baskets that we typically send to our customers, we wanted to make a meaningful contribution in their honor. The $20,000 donation will support expansion projects at the Ronald McDonald House in Charlottesville and allow more families to get the best possible care close to home at UVA Children’s Hospital.”

Rutter’s Donates to Local Organizations

Rutter’s donated $410,000 to benefit the education of children in the community through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.

“Supporting local children’s organizations is something we’re always eager to do at Rutter’s,” stated Chris Hartman, Rutter’s director of advertising. “We recognize the importance of providing local charitable organizations with funding to benefit the education of children in our communities and look forward to doing more in 2022.”