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March 31, 2013

Panera Bread raising dough for local families

NORMAN —  This week, doing good for your community can be as simple as breaking bread together. On Friday, Panera Bread will host a benefit night for Center for Children and Families, Inc, a local nonprofit providing children and family support services. From 5 to 8 p.m., the restaurant will donate 10 percent from each dine-in guest’s bill who mention CCFI at time of purchase.

In addition to the fundraiser, which will support operational expenses, Panera encourages diners to bring donations of diapers, Pull-Ups, wipes, and formula for CCFI’s Baby Pantry. Supported 100 percent by donations, the Baby Pantry provided more than 72,000 diapers to nearly 3,000 local families in need in 2012.

“This event is timely because April is Child Abuse Prevention month,” said Katie Fitzgerald, Executive Director of CCFI. “This is a great way to publicly kick off our efforts to educate the community about the harsh realities of child abuse and neglect.”

 The Center for Children and Families, a United Way of Norman partner agency, is a local, nonprofit organization specializing in healing children, empowering youth, and strengthening families in Cleveland County and surrounding areas since 1969.

“We know we cannot provide these vital services to the children and families we serve without the generosity of our supporters and donors,” Fitzgerald said. “The Center for Children and Families has always appreciated the generous heart of the Norman community and businesses such as Panera Bread who provide opportunities for others to give.”

CCFI’s mission is to improve the lives of children through partnerships with families and communities, because every boy and girl deserves to grow up safe, nurtured, and loved. To learn more about CCFI and its services, visit www.ccfinorman.org.

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