Eau Claire (WQOW) - Children in Chippewa County may have a brighter Christmas this year thanks to law enforcement and a local restaurant. Tomorrow, the two will team up to serve meals for a good cause.
Chippewa Family Restaurant is gearing up for what could be their busiest day of the year. But, no matter how many platters of pancakes, pieces of pie or plates of pasta they sell, they won't make a dime.
That's because 100 percent of their sales on Monday will go to a local charity that buys Christmas presents for children in need.
"Not only do they buy their meals and we donate that, we have a jar up front that people put extra money into," Jesse Wetzel of Chippewa Family Restaurant says.
It's called Jason's Presents, named after Jason Zunker , a Chippewa County Deputy who was killed on duty nearly six years ago.
"Jason Zunker was an officer who passed away on duty a few years ago. His passion was Christmas shopping with the kids," Chief Tom Larson of the Chippewa Falls Fire Department says.
"I know there are a lot of needy children out there, especially this time of the year," Wetzel says.
And the kicker, the plates will be scraped by restaurant rookies, who are usually more concerned with public safety than your breakfast order.
"It's a really positive program for the kids and you get to come out and be served by firefighters, law enforcement and EMT paramedics. I'm doing the 6 am to 9 a.m. shift in the morning for breakfast," Chief Larson says.
"They do help us out where ever the can. They pour coffee, roll silverware. They do a little schmoozing too to help boost the donations," Wetzel says.
If the line is too long at the restaurant, you can call ahead and order or businesses can order out for delivery. But, before placing a call, make sure your affairs are in order because the person delivering the food may be wearing a badge.
Jason's Presents is now in its fourth year. Organizers hope to raise $15,000 this year which would mean the event has raised more than $50,000 since it began.