Unmet Needs donation drive continues through the weekend

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Organizers of the Unmet Needs donation drive say this is their best year ever for raising funds for military families. They say it’s likely that they’ve already brought in more than $40,000 this year alone.

On Friday, the Sunrise Exchange Club of Eau Claire contributed nearly $8,000. It raised the money during its Field of Honor project in September.

“The project went above and beyond what we had imagined,” Tim Bauer said. “(I’m) just really happy to be doing this today.”

“I was just floored,” said Burger King owner Mike DeRosa. “That is the largest donation we have ever had, and we're going to put it to good use.”

Burger King collects the money that helps military families with emergency expenses.

Burger King's involvement with the project started in this part of the state six years ago, and the leaders in funds raised per restaurant for Unmet Needs are always from Western Wisconsin.

“It's really neat because you get to meet so many different people, not just veterans, but people from all walks of life. Young, old, they say "Hey, thanks for helping military families, here's a donation.” I love it.”

Thirteen local restaurants will keep taking in donations through the weekend. They're giving out coupons from Action City and Chaos Waterpark as an incentive for donating.