National franchise gives back to community

Dave Stewart
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Brittany Gallant of Summerside's new Granville Street Pita Pit location was busy Thursday getting ready for the store's first day in business on Friday. This is the chain's second Prince Edward Island location and the first in Summerside.

Pit Pit donates more than $36,000 to organizations across P.E.I.

A P.E.I. franchisee says it’s an awesome feeling when a business can give back to the community.

John Taylor operates two Pita Pit franchises in the province, one that opened a year ago in Charlottetown and another one in Summerside that opened Friday.

More than 200 franchisees and executives from head office in Ontario recently attended Pita Pit’s national conference in Brudenell. While they were here, representatives decided to donate more than $36,000 to Island charities.

“It’s an awesome feeling, just a great feeling when you can give back, whether you have to or not,’’ Taylor said.

It was Taylor’s decision where that money was going to go so he decided to divvy the money up. Three charities and organizations benefited.

Taylor decided that the lion’s share of the money should go to the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside $29,715.

“Since we’re opening in Summerside I thought it was good to give the Boys and Girls Club (money) because I’m all about the kids.’’

The next cheque was written for $5,364 and that went to the Prince Street Elementary School breakfast program in Charlottetown.

“They don’t get as many donations as some of the other schools. That’s why I picked that school. It’s an inner-city school and some of those kids don’t eat any breakfast before class.’’

Pita Pit also donated $1,000 worth of food to the Montague Food Bank.

“They were extremely low on food. Actually, they were almost out (of food).’’

Taylor said the 200 or so franchisees and executives came up with a few neat ideas to raise money at the national conference.

“All franchisees and corporate people bought and auctioned stuff off and they did some fun stuff, too. The CEOs of Pita Pit all shaved their heads. All the Pit Pit suppliers all pitched in $8,000 for the CEOs to shave their heads and they did. They were extremely generous.’’

One franchisee donated 150 books while another one paid $1,000 for 10 of those books.

“He didn’t have to do that. He wasn’t getting any publicity for it. Majority of the franchisees are very involved in their communities, fundraising for their local charities. Man, these people are very passionate about fundraising.’’

Taylor said he would have loved to have given to more charities “but you can only do so much’’.

He said donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside will help the organization establish an addiction centre for teens.

“That’s going to go a long way for their work.’’

Pita Pit is located at the Sobey’s mall on Spencer Drive in Charlottetown and next to the new Starbucks on Granville Street in Summerside.’’

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Twitter.com/DveStewart

Organizations: Boys and Girls Club of Summerside, Prince Street Elementary School, Montague Food Bank CEOs of Pita Pit Starbucks

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Summerside, Ontario Brudenell Iceland Granville Street

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  • Stacey
    August 06, 2014 - 13:15

    Thats awesome :)

  • Cory
    August 05, 2014 - 23:22

    "spread the wealth" you can not be serious about the amount you have to pay.......check with other facilities that charge for afterschool/before school care and with other facilities that run summer programs and you will find the B& G Club is very reasonable.....and anyone that proves they cant afford it....dont get charged a cent.....The Summerside Club does amazing things for the kids in Summerside and if you dont like your child going there go somewhere else because there are alot of kids and there parents wanting to get in. Keep up the good work Summerside B&G Club and good on Pita Pit

  • Spread the wealth
    August 05, 2014 - 11:50

    I do agree businesses giving donations is great . 29000$ to one place is a bit much though especially when Summerside Boys and girls club receives what I'm guessing to be near a million a year in donations. Everytime you turn around they are getting donated by a business. Not to mention the 55000$$$ a month they collect off of 50/50. They are really more of a business now considering the amount you have to pay to send your child there and the member fees. Just my thoughts!!!

  • Valerie Wadman
    August 05, 2014 - 11:14

    It would be nice to see some money go to GenX in Summerside. They are a great help to teens and a great place to go. They need your help , my 4 grandsons spend time here and really enjoy it.

  • Valerie Green
    August 05, 2014 - 10:46

    Thank you for your kind donation to all organizations but especially the Summerside Boys and girls Club! I have a grandson who attends there and their work and care is amazing!

  • Adolphus
    August 04, 2014 - 21:37

    Hi "Feel Free" - I'm not talking about the Upper Room or other groups that are barely getting by. Think of it the next time you have a coffee.

  • townie22
    August 04, 2014 - 08:43

    great job!! more businesses could learn from this.

  • It takes a community
    August 04, 2014 - 06:29

    Well done! Love that the donations were local and to such great causes. I will specifically purchase from this company for this reason.

  • Adolphus
    August 03, 2014 - 14:41

    Amazing what an organization can do without begging from customers with a collection box on the countertop. (and a charitable donation write-off).

    • Feel free to........
      August 03, 2014 - 19:02

      Feel free to do the intelligent thing and research before you open your mouth. Businesses don't get a "write off" for donations collected from customers. If you don't like those donation boxes then don't put anything in them. Otherwise, why don't you keep your mouth shut and let the people who are trying to make a difference to what they are doing.

    • so sad
      August 05, 2014 - 10:18

      any money that a business collects if it is registered charity would get a charitable donation tax credit