Pluckers Wing Bar in Killeen experienced an increase in customers Wednesday as residents flocked to the restaurant during a fundraiser for Fort Hood’s Santa’s Workshop.
“Usually Wednesday lunches aren’t too bad, but we had a lot of tables (of people for whom) this was their first time in Pluckers,” said Sarah Roulston, local store marketing manager. “They came because of Santa’s Workshop.”
Twenty percent of food and nonalcoholic drink purchases from the day were donated to the organization.
Roulston, a military wife, said she supports the local nonprofit, which helps military families provide gifts for their children during Christmas.
Last year, the group provided gifts for 3,860 children in about 1,820 families with the help of community donations.
“You never want to see a child without presents on Christmas Day,” Roulston said. “I love the fact that they do this, especially for military families. It’s definitely great.”
Lisa West, the nonprofit’s president, said the fundraiser had a “terrific” turnout.
“There were a lot of people there,” she said. “I was really impressed with how many people were actually there for lunch.”
The event also brought attention to the nonprofit’s cause.
“It’s just so heartwarming to see these families who ... are overwhelmingly grateful to be able to give their kids toys for Christmas that they thought maybe they wouldn’t be able to.”
The nonprofit will host a “Silent Night Out” fundraiser at the Vineyard at Florence in September. For more information, go to www.swsforthood.com.