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Chick-fil-A in Florence helping raise money for monument

February 14, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. — The West Florence Chick-fil-A will donate a portions of Thursday’s sales to honor Gold Star Families with a “share the Love” event aimed to raise money for a future monument at the Florence Veterans Park.

“Several weeks ago the Veterans Park Committee was approached by Eddie Collins with a proposal to add a monument to Gold Star Families to the park. The committee voted unanimously to pursue the idea,” said Barry Wingard, chairman of the committee.

Collins, a Vietnam veteran and 30-year veteran of the South Carolina Army National Guard, has agreed to chair the monument effort. He will be joined on the committee by John Webb, U.S. Navy retired, and two Gold Star Family members, Peggy Dearing Moore and Kent Caudle.

“Chick-fil-A West Florence desired to do something different for Valentine’s Day 2019 so we sought out members in the community that worked to support veterans,” said Nicole Hill, marketing director for the restaurant. “When we came across the Florence Veterans Park we learned about their next project. So, help us raise funds this Valentine’s Day to donate to the Veterans Park’s next memorial to show love and appreciation for families that have lost their loved ones in battle.”

All day Thursday the sales from the purchase of Chicken Minis will be donated to help build the new monument. Usually limited to breakfast, Chicken Minis will be on sale all day at the West Florence Chick-fil-A.

“This is a great example of community support to pay tribute to our veterans. Many people and business and organizations have contributed to help make our Veterans Park so wonderful In fact, CFA made a major contribution for the Korean War Monument dedicated last Veterans Day,” Winegard said.

The West Florence Chick-fil-A is at 2705 David McLeod Blvd. in front of Magnolia Mall and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Others who want to support this project can contact the Florence Recreation Department at 513 Barnes St., Florence, 843-665-3253.