Saturday is a day many people in Austin look forward to each year. It’s P. Terry’s Burger Stands’ and Taco Ranch’s Giving Back Day for Statesman Season for Caring.
Four times a year, the 16 P. Terry’s locations, which now include a San Marcos site, and the two Taco Ranch restaurants donate 100% of the day’s profits to local nonprofit organizations. This year, the company chose Austin Smiles, Back on My Feet and Friends of the Children as the first three Giving Back Days’ recipients and raised more than $90,000 total.
Since the first P. Terry’s opened in 2005, the Austin company has donated about $980,000 to local nonprofit organizations.
Season for Caring has been the fourth quarter recipient for Giving Back Days since 2009 and has received more than $234,000 in donations from people picking up burgers and tacos on that day.
The Season for Caring Giving Back Day is typically the restaurants’ busiest day of the year, and any sale that happens during that day counts toward Giving Back.
"Giving Back is such a part of our business," P. Terry’s founder Patrick Terry said last year when he presented a check for more than $36,000 to Season for Caring. What makes donating to Season for Caring so special, he said, is that it benefits more than one local nonprofit agency. "To be able to spread it out to so many organizations, it’s a nice way to end up the year," he said.
Each year Season for Caring picks about a dozen local nonprofit organizations and highlights the stories of 12 families served by those organizations. The monetary donations are used to help the featured families first, and then help hundreds of local families throughout the year with basic needs such as housing assistance, groceries, medications, utilities and transportation.
They are families like Nicole and Brandon Overton, who have four sons, three of whom have had disorders of the blood or a malformation affecting the brain. The youngest is too young to be tested. Expensive medical treatments mean many mounting bills, and they’ve had to do without necessary home repairs. For more information about the Overton family or to give an item on their wish list, contact Any Baby Can: 512-454-3743, anybabycan.org.
They also are families such as the Karim family, Rohingya refugees who finally got to the United States after escaping Myanmar to Thailand and then Malaysia. They have a nearly empty living room and very little in household items. (Interfaith Action of Central Texas, 512-386-9145, interfaithtexas.org)
And Fatima Babiker and her four children, who after years of waiting for visas to the U.S. were finally able to leave Egypt, where she had lived since escaping Sudan as a teenager. They need many kitchen items including a toaster and microwave, and computers and tablets for the kids and Babiker to do homework. (Caritas of Austin at 512-646-1277, caritasofaustin.org)