Zaxby’s of Chesapeake donated nearly $10,000 to Jolliff United Methodist Church for their Y.E.S. (Youth Exalting the Savior) mission trip taking place August 3 - August 9, 2014 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Debbie Baugham, Coordinator of the Y.E.S. team, said with enthusiasm, “In my 56 years of living on this planet, I have never experienced such generosity than that of Zaxby’s restaurant!”
The donation covers the cost of 26 youth and adults, at $375 a piece, to go on the summer mission trip. The team will work on reconstructing the sanctuary of Adams Memorial United Methodist Church, which was completely destroyed by a fire last year.
Reverend Dr. W. C. "Smitty" Smith, III, the Pastor at Jolliff United Methodist Church, felt blessed to receive this generous gift for his church from a new business in the community. He said, “The extravagant gift to the members of our Y.E.S. mission team speaks volumes to our congregation and our youth. This team of 50 is the largest I have had represent Jolliff United Methodist Church since I was appointed here 10 years ago. Therefore, we were looking to raise an extra $3,500 that we have not had to raise in the past.”
Zaxby’s, a franchised chain of casual dining restaurants, offering chicken wings, chicken fingers, sandwiches, and salads opened a location in Chesapeake in March of 2014. Zaxby’s joined the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce upon opening.
Kevin Miller, Hoozax Foods Inc./Zaxby’s General Manager said, “It is very important to give back to our neighbors, we are a part of our community and we want to help build it up.”
Adams Memorial United Methodist Church on the Eastern Shore has several members that own their own homes but have no means to do repairs that are greatly needed. “Besides rebuilding the church,” Pastor Smith added, “We will tear off and replace a roof on one home, replace a rotten and collapsing porch on another and replace a kitchen sub floor and install new floor, gutters and paint on a third.”
The Y.E.S. is in its 27th year. This home improvement mission team travels each summer to a location within a one day driving distance. The overall group consists of 50 members who join 10 teams of approximately 10, some with construction experience, who join college age leaders and teenagers in 7th-12th grades.
Miller said, “We have two more locations in Hampton and Newport News that also made donations in their community. This was the first time Chesapeake has made a donation and as long as we are a part of this community there will be more to come.”
For more information about Zaxby’s and its three Hampton Roads locations, visit the corporate website http://www.zaxbys.com/home.aspx or for more information about United Methodist Church or their Y.E.S. program, visit http://www.jolliffumc.org/.