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Smoke owner Christopher Jeffers recently told the Dallas Morning News that he plans to open a guerilla restaurant in a former taqueria, offering two dinner seatings on Monday and Tuesday nights. All proceeds from the venture will go to three local charities, including the Salvation Army.
"We're trying to get all the chefs in the area to get on board with this," an enthusiastic Jeffers was quoted as saying.
He might first want to consult the agencies he's proposing to help: Dallas-Fort Worth Salvation Army spokesman Patrick Patey says he didn't learn of the project til he read about it in the paper.
"We haven't even met with them," Patey sighed. "Everything you do has a certain amount of logistics involved."
Jeffers didn't return a call seeking comment. Still, Patey appreciates the sentiment, especially since it's been a tough season for his organization. With just a few weeks left in its annual angel tree "adoption" process, in which donors pledge to buy Christmas gifts for certain children, the branch had 19,000 names still unclaimed.
But, Patey says, "people really dug deep," and adopted all 57,349 children before this week's deadline.
Things also ended happily for the Salvation Army in western North Carolina, where the leading grocery chain last month banned bell ringers from its 202 stores. Ingles CFO Ron Freeman told the Hendersonville (N.C.) Times-News that their customers deserved to shop in an "unsolicited" environment.
The decision mirrored a national trend. Spurred by store managers concerned that bell ringers would pester the very people the Salvation Army is trying to help, a growing number of stores are looking for Internet-based ways to partner with the organization. But after a barrage of calls from angry customers, Ingles gave the Salvation Army a short-term reprieve: Ringing begins at the chain's stores next week and continues through Christmas Eve.