Two fundraisers sponsored by the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Vision XXI leadership class this week netted $410.86 for the Harker Heights Food Care Center.

Chick-fil-A in Market Heights collected funds Monday evening and Red’s Corner Grill raised funds Tuesday.

Vision XXI members posted signs and were available at a table where customers could pick up brochures and ask questions about the center.

“I want to thank the members of our Vision group who helped at Chick-fil-A and took that project to heart,” said Gina Pence, chamber membership director.

Ericka Villarreal, Chick-fil-A Harker Heights marketing director, said she was approached by class member Matt Bond, who told her about the food care center and its need for financial help.

“I didn’t even know we had a food care center here locally, so I wanted to do my part to help out this facility in our community,” Villarreal said.

Carol Thrasher bought dinner for her family and made a contribution.

“I did it because it’s a very worthy cause and I thought it was great that Chick-fil-A honored the food care center this way,” she said.

The Chick-fil-A management presented a check for $190.36 to the food care center.

Red’s Corner Grill contributed 10 percent of its Tuesday sales to the food care center.

“We’re just locals helping other locals,” said co-owner Wayne Young. “It’s all about helping others in our community.”

Fifteen minutes after the eatery opened Tuesday, customers had donated $30, Young said. The day’s donations totaled $220.50.

Food Care Center fundraisers will continue through July. Several businesses are partnering to raise money.

“The chamber and the Vision XXI class had set a goal of $10,000 for this project, and we’re a little more than halfway there,” Pence said.

“We are grateful to Chick-fil-A and Red’s for their assistance and helping us move closer to our goal,” she said.

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