Sacramento Boy Inspires Large Franchise to Organize Halloween Costume Drive for Needy Children | Community
As the saying goes "it only takes one person to make a difference." and this could not be more true with 13 year old Ryan Manriquez from Sacramento. Ryan, who uses a wheel chair due to spinal muscular atrophy, loves Halloween. In fact it’s his favorite holiday because it’s the only holiday he feels you can pretend to be someone else and no one looks at your disability. Last year Ryan decided to organize a Halloween Costume Drive to provide costumes to children in need throughout the greater Sacramento area as his sixth grade community project. Ryan’s efforts sparked an interest in large franchisee fast food restaurant Papa Murphy’s pizza.
"We saw Ryan’s efforts in making a difference in the community. At Papa Murphy’s we strive to make our community a better place and give to those less fortunate. We have 61 stores across the Sacramento DMA and thought that we could take Ryan’s concept and make it bigger, giving more children in need a Halloween to remember" said Greg Wellington, owner of six Papa Murphy’s stores and President of the Sacramento DMA Co-op.
Starting Wednesday, August 8th for two weeks all (61) Papa Murphy’s locations in the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas will be collecting gently used and new Halloween Costumes for children 0-18 years of age. For each donation Papa Murphy’s will give away a free Mini Murph make ‘n’ bake pizza kit. Costumes will be given to Sacramento Children’s Home, EMQ FamiliesFirst, and Victor Treatment Center.
"The Sacramento Children's Home is grateful for our wonderful partners at Papa Murphy's for allowing us to give a Happy Halloween to our kids who may not otherwise be able to celebrate the holiday. Knowing that the community is supporting them allows us to show the children we serve that they are not forgotten and delivers to them a glimmer of hope that there are people who care" said Christina Airola, Director of Fund Development and Communications, Sacramento Children's Home
"We are proud to partner with these organizations and with the support of our community we can give children’ a Halloween to remember," said Greg Wellington. "It’s opportunities like these that help grow our brand and help those less fortunate."
About Papa Murphy's Papa Murphy's is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and a revolutionary of the take 'n' bake pizza segment. Papa Murphy's operates over 1,300 franchised and corporate-owned locations in 37 states and Canada. The Vancouver, Wash.-based company offers custom-made pizzas featuring high-quality, fresh toppings generously layered on pizza dough that is made fresh each morning in each store. By baking
Papa Murphy’s pizzas at home, customers get to experience the home-baked aroma of a convenient, delicious meal that the brand is known for. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers other take 'n' bake items such as Cheesy Bread, Cinnamon Wheels, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Papa Murphy’s was voted "#1 Rated Pizza Chain" by participants in Zagat Survey’s 2010 & 2011 Fast Food Surveys and is a four-time recipient of Pizza Today’s Chain of the Year award. For more information, visit www.papamurphys.com or go to Facebook at www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.
About Sacramento Children’s Home Based in Sacramento on 2750 Sutterville Road, Sacramento Children's Home is a comprehensive child and family service organization that has been providing services to the most vulnerable children and families in Sacramento for nearly 150 years. This organization focuses on ending the generational cycle of child abuse and neglect through their residential and community programs. They are focused on building strong families and giving children hope for a better tomorrow. For more information, visit http://www.kidshome.org/.
About EMQ FamiliesFirst, Inc. This organization is based all over California. The costumes will benefit children specifically in the San Joaquin and Modesto region. EMQ FamiliesFirst does whatever it takes to help children in crisis and their families. This organization is recognized for innovative mental health treatment, foster care and social services that help families recover from trauma, abuse and addiction, and rebuild their lives. They fight for sustainable change and advocate for improvements in the local, state and federal systems that serve children in need. For more information go to http://www.emqff.org.
About Victor Treatment Center
This organization has centers all over California. The costumes will benefit children at the Stockton center. Victor Treatment Center provides healthy, healing living environment for severely emotionally disturbed children and youth who have such great needs that they are not able to succeed in family situation and/or lower levels of care. The youth served at Victor Treatment Center have significant mental, behavioral and/or emotional disorders that result in the need for 24/7 supervision in conjunction with intensive mental health services. Victor Treatment Center residential services are based on a foundation of strength-based and relationship-based approaches that support the optimal recovery and resiliency for these children and youth. For more information go to http://www.victor.org/.
Source: Michelle McCauley, Misfit Agency