SPOKANE, Wash. -- Pizza Hut and Papa John's restaurants across the Northwest planned to donate profits from sales Thursday to relief efforts in the Oso mudslide.
Pizza Hut began the effort Wednesday, with 108 stores donating 50 percent of sales to relief efforts. Stores in Seattle, Spokane and Columbia Basin areas were all participating April 2-3. The Pizza Hut restaurant in Smokey Point, closest to Oso, planned to donate 100 percent of money from its sales.
“Everyone has been emotionally impacted by what happened in Oso, and our hearts go out to the families,” said Terry Hopkins, CEO and owner of Emerald City Pizza, Columbia Basin Pizza Hut and Spokane Valley Pizza. “As a local business, we immediately contacted city representatives and the American Red Cross to find out how we could help. We were able to get our restaurants from across the state to work together on a fundraiser that will immediately benefit those in need.”
Papa John's announced All 40 Puget Sound Washington locations would partner with three Spokane and three Tri-Cities locations to donate profits made from the entire day’s sales Thursday to the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Fund.
”Being locally owned and operated we knew we needed to reach out and help our community. We own a store in Marysville which is very close to Oso so we’ve been donating pizzas to the families as well as the search & rescue personnel,” said Diane Kaelin, a local Papa John’s Franchisee.
The regular menu at Papa John's will be available. In addition, stores planned to offer a large one topping for $10 dollars on Thursday. Offers would also be available online for 24 hours only and with carryout at each location.