By Jeff Dahncke
The Pepsi Bottling Group Foundation today announced a charitable contribution to Fisher House Foundation, an organization that builds housing for military families at all major U.S. military hospitals.
The $25,000 donation will be made in honor of the more than 3,000 PBG employees who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It’s the third consecutive year that the PBG Foundation has made the contribution.
“At PBG, we believe in letting our employees set our corporate giving agenda. Supporting military families is a cause that many people throughout PBG are passionate about, so we regularly seek opportunities to honor the service of the men and women who defend our country,” said Paula Davis, PBG's Vice President of Corporate Communications. “We’re proud to continue our relationship with the Fisher House Foundation. They do great work in the military community and we’re honored to assist their efforts.”
Founded in 1991, Fisher House has provided housing for more than 120,000 military families who are visiting loved ones at major military and Veterans Affairs hospitals. Use of the homes, which are normally within walking distance of a treatment facility, are offered free of charge. They have saved military families more than $100 million in lodging costs.
“The Pepsi Bottling Group has been a terrific partner in recent years,” said David A. Coker, Fisher House Foundation President. “Major contributors like PBG greatly enhance our ability to meet the needs of military families all across the country. Men and women in uniform, as well as their families, face tremendous emotional strains and financial burdens. Our mission is to provide comfortable homes away from home during these difficult times and to play a positive role in helping military families resume their everyday lives.”
There are 43 Fisher Houses nationally and overseas in Germany, located on 18 military installations and 13 VA medical centers.
The PBG donation will be allocated among five individual facilities: National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD; Fort Gordon Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA; Palo Alto VA Medical Center in San Jose, CA; VA North Texas Medical Center in Dallas; and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in Minnesota.
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