You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Whataburger gives $25,000 to Statesman Season for Caring charity


Noah Olais isn’t old enough to eat a No. 1 with cheese at Whataburger, yet the 4-month-old and his family have many reasons to be a fan of the Texas-based burger company.

This month, Whataburger kicked off the Statesman’s Season for Caring program with a $25,000 gift that will help Noah and his family as well as the 11 other featured families in this year’s program. Since 2011, Whataburger has donated $178,000 to the Statesman’s charity program.

Season for Caring tells the stories of the 12 featured families and invites the community to donate money, goods and services that help those families as well as hundreds of other people served by the nonprofit agencies that nominated the featured families.

“Thank you again for your valuable service to the community and for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful event,” Melba Harris, with Whataburger media and community relations, wrote when she announced the gift.

Whataburger gives to a number of programs throughout the community, including supporting local schools at fundraising community nights, hosting a Boots and Badges event to connect the community with law enforcement, and collecting holiday donations for Dell Children’s Medical Center at its local restaurants through Dec. 12.

“At Whataburger, we believe in treating one another like family,” said Austinite Lynne Dobson, whose father started Whataburger in 1950 in Corpus Christi. “Austin has been home to our company for more than 50 years, and it’s an honor to support Season for Caring again. I am always amazed at the stories, the strength these families show and all that they endure, especially the children. I am so glad they will get some relief.”

Noah’s family is waiting to hear if he inherited the rare genetic disorder Ehlers-Danlos syndrome from his father, Luis Olais, 21. His 3-year-old sister, Delilah, already has been diagnosed with the syndrome, which causes her tissue to be thin, leading to joint pain and bruising.

The family, which includes mom Keila Vasquez, 19, has many needs, including an affordable apartment and furnishings, medical supplies for Luis Olais, grocery store gift cards, and clothes and toys for the children. Vasquez would like to go to cosmetology school to better support her family. Luis Olais works hard at his job at a barbecue restaurant, but because of his disease, there are limits to what he can do physically.

To find out more about the Olais Vasquez family or to give a gift of one of the items on its wish list, contact SAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyone) Austin: Strong Start Program, the agency that nominated the family, at 512-590-3114 or safeaustin.org.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Bill would give residents final say in whether they’re annexed
Bill would give residents final say in whether they’re annexed

Tim Mattox, an 18-year resident of River Place and member of the homeowners association board, dreads the day that he and his neighbors in the master-planned community near Northwest Austin will be officially absorbed into the city and begin receiving its hefty tax bills. Despite pushback over the past decade from residents like Mattox — who...
Storms bring cooler weather to Austin, destruction to North Texas
Storms bring cooler weather to Austin, destruction to North Texas

At least five people were killed when a violent storm raced across North Texas Saturday night, however the Austin metro area was mostly spared with only some slight rain and hail that brought significantly cooler temperatures Sunday morning followed by sunny skies. The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes touched down around...
Community news: Recycling research to be shared May 8

TRAVIS COUNTY EAST AUSTIN Recycling research shared The public is invited to an interactive presentation of the city of Austin’s new recycling tools from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 8 at the Carver Branch Library at 1161 Angelina St. The presentation is being done by Austin’s Design, Technology and Innovation Fellows, in partnership with Austin...
Education nonprofit pushes entrepreneurship programs to older students
Education nonprofit pushes entrepreneurship programs to older students

Junior Achievement, the 98-year old nonprofit that teaches students about the economy and business, is having a rebirth in Central Texas schools with the goal of preparing more young people for Austin’s entrepreneurial culture. “When we relaunched two years ago, we knew we had to focus on what this community needed the most,” said...
Latest numbers show rising use of Austin-area toll roads
Latest numbers show rising use of Austin-area toll roads

The four toll roads in the Austin area operated by the Texas Department of Transportation, after having sparse traffic when they first opened a decade ago, have seen steadily increasing use. Based on figures from the first six months of the 2016-17 fiscal year, here are five things to know about the growing revenue of the Central Texas Turnpike System...
More Stories