STEUBENVILLE - Texas Roadhouse patrons helped make Christmas a special time for local veterans.
A Hero Tree in the Steubenville restaurant welcomed donations from patrons from Nov. 6 through Tuesday.
The effort generated more than $1,000, which translated into gift cards that were presented to 50 area veterans with the help of Dan Wilson, commander of AMVETS Post 275.
PRESENTATION — Dan Wilson, center, commander of AMVETS Post 275, accepts Texas Roadhouse gift cards from Cynthia Morris, office manager and local marketer for the Steubenville restaurant, and Scott Watson, managing partner, as part of the local eatery’s Hero Tree project to provide meals to local veterans. Patrons donated more than $1,000 to the Hero Tree, translating into gift cards for about 50 veterans.
Wilson was presented the gift cards to distribute by Cynthia Morris, Texas Roadhouse office manager and local marketer, and Scott Watson, managing partner.
"Thanks to the Texas Roadhouse and its patrons, they collected enough to give about 50 area veterans a holiday meal. Our group assisted by helping to find veterans from all eras who needed a little extra holiday cheer. What good people we have in the area," Wilson said.
"We love our veterans," Morris said, explaining that the Hero Tree is but one example of the restaurant showing appreciation to veterans.
The restaurant on Veterans Day, for example, offered its Veterans Eat for Free day, a gesture that had an impact about 400 veterans.
The restaurant also has a daily Local Hero program that each day offers a 10 percent discount to veterans in addition to firefighters and police officers, she said.