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West Michigan TACO BELL Hosts Coat Drive for Local Boys & Girls Clubs

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Taco Bell's Mr. Taco has fun with our youth at Boys & Girls Clubs' Day 4 Kids!

Taco Bell's Mr. Taco has fun with our youth at Boys & Girls Clubs' Day 4 Kids!

Bring in any new or gently used coat to a participating West Michigan Taco Bell and receive a FREE Combo!  

Grand Rapids, MI: The local Taco Bell owners in Western Michigan will be collecting coats in almost 50 local Taco Bell restaurants to be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs starting Monday, December 14th and lasting through Wednesday, December 23rd. West Michigan Taco Bell has committed to redeem one free combo per customer per visit if they donate a coat for the cause.

This is the first year that Grand Rapids - Kalamazoo Taco Bell restaurant owners, Tony Basile and Rodney Walker have hosted a winter coat drive for the Boys & Girls Clubs (including Holland, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek). They’re hoping to see great response from the local West Michigan customers – especially knowing how chilly a West Michigan winter can be! 

Since 2006, West Michigan Taco Bell restaurants have collected and donated $167,166 to local Boys & Girls Clubs and the partnership has grown more and more every year. This is part of a long time relationship between Taco Bell and the BGCA, as well as between franchisee Tony Basile and the Boys & Girls Club Organization. Basile, owner of Chicago Diversified Foods and 45 West Michigan area Taco Bell restaurants accredits a Boys & Girls Club (at that time, the Boys Club) at the Jane Addams Homes in Chicago for keeping him out of trouble as a young boy. Ever since, he has dedicated himself, his resources and his energy to benefit local clubs when possible. Basile was a significant contributor in starting the first Boys & Girls Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan and stays engaged in Club Youth of the Year contests and Club benefit dinners. Before Basile’s involvement, Grand Rapids had been the largest city in the United States without a Boys & Girls Club.

Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth Director, Pat Gunnin said “We’re so happy to have Taco Bell as a local partner and we’re hoping that this Holiday Coat Drive with Taco Bell will bring some much needed winter clothing for the local kids.”

To locate a West Michigan area Taco Bell, visit and bring in a new or gently used coat for local youth this Holiday season starting on December 14th. After all, being warm is always in style. 

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. For more information about Grand Rapids Boys & Girls Clubs visit

Taco Bell Corp., Taco Bell Corp. (“Taco Bell”), a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain. Taco Bell serves tacos, burritos, signature quesadillas, Grilled Stuft Burritos, nachos, and other specialty items such as Crunchwrap Supreme®, in addition to the 79-89-99 Why Pay More!® Value Menu. Taco Bell serves more than 36.8 million consumers each week in nearly 5,600 restaurants in the U.S.


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too. awesome.

clearly overshadowed by ronald all these years.