EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Easter Sunday means many of you spent time with family, but one restaurant in Eau Claire spent the afternoon giving back to the community.
More than 350 people showed up to Culver’s on Golf Road for their community lunch this afternoon. The meal was free but donations were accepted for Hope Gospel Mission and the Salvation Army.
“I would have never been able to afford to go out to a really fancy restaurant,” Jia Perkins said.
Going out to dinner isn't something that mom of three Jia Perkins is usually able to afford, and cooking a meal for her family isn't an option either.
“I wouldn't have been able to afford to make a big Easter meal for us. We don't have family here so this is awesome,” Perkins explained.
Thanks to the generosity of Culver’s and dozens of volunteers, Jia and her family were able to get a hot meal for Easter this year.
“It’s easy to wake up in the morning to go to the store and it doesn't feel like work at all,” General manager Luke Ryba said.
Ryba manages the Culver’s on Golf Road. He says the free meal serves as not only a way to give back to two local charities; it’s also a way to spend time with his family.
“There are a few employees working but mostly family of the restaurant are here today,” Ryba explained.
“It really helps us out it shows goodwill and involving the community,” Hope Gospel Mission Stewardship director John Aielie said.
While the lunch was free, the $1,800 in donations raised go directly to help with programming at Hope Gospel Mission and the Salvation Army.