Did you know that the founder of Wendy’s, Dave Thomas was adopted?
Did you know he was a strong believer in adoption instead of abortion and that he founded his own organization dedicated to helping foster children find a forever home and loving family?
If you didn’t know, now you do.
Although Thomas is no longer with us (he passed away in 2002), Wendy’s has continued to carry on his mission.
Last month, spurred by the recent retaliation companies like Microsoft, Paypal, Starbucks, Verizon and Ben & Jerry’s have made to spite the recent measures brave states like Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri are making to end the sick practice of abortion, Wendy’s launched a new campaign: Support adoption, not abortion.
Snapchat codes are now pasted onto Wendy’s cups in chain restaurants across the nation, and for every one that gets scanned, the company is donating $5 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Check out this video explaining the campaign in further details:
And, here's another video from the Dave Thomas Foundation explaining what they do.
It's pretty awesome.
This Twitter user was involved in the foundation himself and shared the news of Wendy's campaign in this tweet:
Other pro-life Twitter users are also super proud of Wendy's for what they're doing and the statement they're making:
Catholic Connect also commended Wendy's on Instagram:
Breitbart has more to say about Wendy's support of adoption:
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, named after the restaurant chain’s founder — who was adopted himself — is expanding its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program that helps to find loving homes for children in foster care. These children are often older, or have special needs, which make them more difficult to place permanently.
Pro-life organization Live Action observed that as many companies are rushing to support abortion, Wendy’s is raising funds for adoptions.
“Fast-food chain Wendy’s and its partner, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, has at its heart the interests of the children who are frequently trotted out as ‘reasons to abort’ — those who are in foster care waiting to be adopted,” Live Action noted.
The foundation’s website notes the words of Dave Thomas himself: “These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.”
The foundation, which has partnered with Snapchat through the Cause Cup program, states about 400,000 children live in foster care in the United States. Snapchat users scan their phone over the fast-food chain’s cameo on the restaurant’s beverage cups. Once the marker is detected, Wendy’s will donate five dollars to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
“[W]e believe that every child deserves a permanent home and loving family,” the foundation says. “The work the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption does through Wendy’s Wonderful Kids – its signature program – has helped more than 8,500 children find their forever families.”
The Washington Examiner also said the following about Dave Thomas' legacy:
Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, was an orphan immediately after his birth in 1932 in Atlantic City, N.J. Thomas never knew his birth parents and was adopted by a couple from Kalamazoo, Mich. His adoptive mother from Michigan died when he was just five years old.
Thomas’ passion for food service helped him weather the storms of his childhood. He began working in the restaurant industry at age 12. He later worked as a soda jerk for Walgreens, but was fired after his boss figured out how young he was. Thomas continued working in the restaurant industry, and many years later, he opened his own restaurant, “Wendy’s,” which he named after his daughter Melinda. (Her nickname was Wendy.)
Because of his own childhood journey, Thomas founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992 to help children facing the same challenges he did. According to its website, Thomas’ vision for the foundation was “to ensure every child has a permanent and loving family.”
Thomas sadly passed away in 2002, but his foundation continued to do incredible work in the community. In 2004, the Dave Thomas Foundation launched its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids initiative, which provides money to full-time professionals who help children find the loving families they deserve. Wendy’s launched an expansion of the program in 2017, and is seeking to find permanent homes for 60,000 children by 2029.
You can learn more about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on their official website here.