Thorntons Contributes $20,000 to Tornado Relief

Pilot Company honors veterans one wreath at a time, and Dandy provides meals to children and seniors.

December 23, 2021

house after tornado

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Thorntons has raised $20,000 from the company’s in-store fundraising initiative launched earlier this week to aid in tornado recovery efforts. The company selected the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund as the recipient of this donation to assist Kentuckians who were impacted by the tornados and the severe weather system overnight in early December.

“We are proud to call Kentucky our home state and to support Governor Andy Beshear in his on-the-ground relief efforts to help Kentuckianas in need,” said Debi Boffa, Thorntons president. “Our hearts go out to all those who continue to face devastation and loss. We chose to direct these funds to relief efforts in Kentucky where the need is the greatest and we sincerely hope that these funds will make a significant and meaningful difference.”

Thorntons will continue to donate 10 cents, up to $100,000 total, from the purchase of every cup of coffee, tea fountain soda or FizzFreez—any size—through Christmas day to support tornado recovery efforts.

Meanwhile, Pilot Company was represented in the country’s longest veteran’s parade by U.S. Army veteran Shaddy Bowling, one the company’s drivers. This was the first time a Pilot Company driver participated in the Wreaths Across America transport of wreaths from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery.

Last Thursday, the 65-truck envoy loaded up more than two million wreaths from Maine to take to 3,100 veteran burial sites, including the Arlington National Cemetery—Bowling’s destination. Bowling made the journey with his wife, who is also a veteran, to drop off 4,050 boxes of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. They laid around 60 wreaths each, quietly pausing at each tomb before softly speaking that veteran’s name aloud.

Pilot Company bought a trailer and designed a wrap specifically for Wreaths Across America. The company hand-selected Bowling to represent the company in this year’s event.

“I’ve always held Pilot in high regard,” said Bowling. “They’ve always been extremely veteran-friendly, but to know that they purchased a trailer, spent the money to have it designed, and went out of their way to participate in this speaks volumes of Pilot’s character as a company. And to allow one of their own to do it was a privilege.”

Pilot Company has been involved with Wreaths Across America for the past nine years. The company has donated millions of dollars to the event, even selling coffee cups in stores to help donate to the cause. This year, Pilot Company not only purchased the trailer and actively participated in the event, but also donated to Knoxville’s Wreaths Across America, which allowed the organization to meet their goal and cover every grave in the city.

Separately, Dandy, based in Sayre, Pennsylvania, recently donated $15,000 to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and $10,000 the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to help fight hunger and food insecurity in Pennsylvania and New York.

Together, these gifts amount to more than 100,000 meals for children and seniors in the Twin Tiers.

“Dandy is happy to make this important contribution to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the Central PA Food Bank. Keeping our customers fed is Dandy’s mission, and when our charitable contributions support organizations whose mission aligns with ours, it’s a perfect match. We’re proud to partner with impactful organizations that fight hunger and food insecurity every day,” said Bill Bustin, Dandy’s marketing director.

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