Jack in the Box announces festive fundraiser for BBBS kids!

By Megan Jodie, intern

Today, Jack in the Box restaurants announced their 7th annual fundraising effort to benefit BBBS kids. Each year Jack in the Box sells a limited-edition promotional item that customers may purchase in participating Jack in the Box restaurants – so get yours today!medium_Dashing_Jack_Big_Brothers_Big_Sisters_POP

This year’s promotional item is a limited-edition Dashing Jack antenna ball/ornament. It only costs $1 and it’s a perfect decoration for home or antenna. This year Dashing Jack is wearing a red and green bow tie and a red or green top hat. In the previous years, Jack in the Box has been able to raise $1.7 million nationally for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Who knew that such a small item could make such a big difference?

The proceeds from this fundraiser will support our mentoring programs, including Military Mentoring. Jack in the Box is a huge supporter of military families and our mentoring program —  and they even encourage their employees to volunteer themselves!

Starting today, support BBBS kids by visiting your local Jack in the Box and donating an extra dollar. A dollar may not seem like very much money, but it can help impact a child’s life forever!

Serving those who serve – our new program for military families

We’re excited to announce that we just received grant funding to launch a new program and better serve military families in Central Texas. The program aims to reinforce the connection between a child and their parent by offering a friend and an ally to children with parents in the military.

This means we’re expanding to Bell County to serve Ft. Hood and we’re enrolling kids of active-duty military, deployed parents, National Guard, Reserves, and children who are Survivors. Guardians can enroll a child between the ages of 9-16 online or get more information on our military mentoring program page.

Both military families and the volunteers receive support from trained BBBS staff members. Our Killeen-based program manager, Abha Cole, is currently enrolling children and guardians can contact her directly at acole@bigmentoring.org or 254-394-3878.

Of course, any child enrolled in the program will also have the opportunity to receive a college scholarship. A $2,000 scholarship via the BBBS Foundation is available to kids ages 14 and older who have been in our program and matched with the same mentor for at least one year — and go on to earn a high school diploma or GED. Many colleges, universities and trade schools in Texas also provide matching opportunities for these scholarship funds.

One mother was quick to sign up her daughters — and said it’s been a positive experience for her entire family. Watch her story: