When P. Terry’s opens the doors to its 14 restaurants Saturday, it will be ready. The pantries and refrigerators will be fully stocked. The employees will be ready to greet guests for what has typically been this Austin burger joint’s busiest day of the year — Giving Back Day for Statesman Season for Caring.
That’s the day when P. Terry’s donates all of its profits to the charity program.
Season for Caring tells the story of local families and benefits 12 area nonprofit organizations each year. This year the program is benefiting Any Baby Can, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, CareBox Program, Caritas of Austin, Family Eldercare, Foundation Communities, Hospice Austin, Interfaith Action of Central Texas, LifeWorks,Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties, and Wonders & Worries.
Since 1999, Season for Caring has raised $10.5 million for local organizations.
Giving Back Days allow everyone to be part of helping the community, P. Terry’s owner Patrick Terry said last year, when he presented a check to Season for Caring for $31,640. It reminds him of when he and his wife, Kathy, opened the first restaurant 12 years ago and knew all of the customers. “It makes this community feel small again,” he said.
Since P. Terry’s started Giving Back Days, which happen once a quarter, it has donated more than $700,000 to community groups, including more than $133,000 to Season for Caring since 2009. This year, it already has donated $75,000 to AIDS Services of Austin, Refugee Services of Austin and Hospice Austin Christopher House.
P. Terry’s continues to choose Season for Caring because of the homework that the Statesman does to choose the organization and the families, Patrick Terry said in 2015, when he presented that year’s Giving Back donation.
With Season for Caring, it’s as if P. Terry’s is choosing 12 nonprofit agencies for this one day. Season for Caring donations will help organizations provide clients with emergency assistance for rent and utilities, medical care and transportation, food and clothing.
For the Terrys, Season for Caring helps put life into perspective. “It should be required reading for everybody,” Kathy Terry said last year. “Every time I read a story, I cry. It keeps me grounded.”
This year the stories include father Rogaciano Ríos Marcial, 46, who is raising four children ages 10 and younger alone after his wife died in May. And Sami Ashour, 48, and his family, who came to Austin last year from a refugee camp in Jordan after fleeing Syria. And Bertha Foster, 43, who is partially paralyzed after a series of strokes.
SEASON FOR CARING
• To make a monetary donation to Season for Caring, use the coupon on Page A6 or go online to statesman.com/seasonforcaring. Now through Dec. 11, the Sheth family has offered a matching grant of up to $100,000.
• Find more stories, videos and photos of all the families at statesman.com/seasonforcaring.
• To learn more about making a donation of an item or a service, call 512-445-3590 or email email@example.com.
P. TERRY’S GIVING BACK DAY
When: All day Saturday
Where: All 14 P. Terry’s Austin-area locations.
Information: Find locations and hours at pterrys.com.