Tijuana Flats and its Just in Queso Foundation donated more than $80,000 worth of support to local communities this holiday season through both cash donations and gifts provided to families in need.
During its annual holiday campaign, the Just in Queso Foundation raised $68,775 for Kids Beating Cancer, an organization funding uninsured medical costs for pediatric cancer patients. Funds were raised through the sale of both “Smack My Ass & Call Me Santa!” holiday hot sauce and a special Gingerbread Cookie Dough Flauta dessert, in addition to cash donations.
The location that sold the most amount of hot sauce, 950 bottles, was the Ocala location whose donation totaled more than $3,500.
To spread even more holiday cheer, Tijuana Flats volunteers hosted seven different Christmas parties and served a total of 600 children enrolled in the Head Start preschool program for low-income families. Parties were hosted in Orlando, Tampa, Pompano Beach, Fort Myers, Pensacola, and Fort Walton Beach in Florida and in Durham, North Carolina. An additional party was hosted in Jacksonville, Florida, for the Early Learning Coalition of Duval that served 180 families with special needs. Attendees of all these parties also received a visit from Santa and gifts and holiday treats for the children.
Additionally this holiday season, Tijuana Flats volunteers delivered gifts to the doorsteps of local military veterans and their families. Thanks to a partnership with the Orlando Vet Center, an outreach program of the VA Clinic, the Just in Queso Foundation was able to meet the needs of 40 Central Florida families by providing them with more than $1,500 worth of gifts a few days before Christmas.
“Tijuana Flats Volunteers are the back bone to our charitable actions, without their commitment and dedication we would not be able to give back to the communities we serve,” says Just in Queso president, Dede Franklin.