The staff of McKinney’s happening downtown hot spot, Square Burger, knows a thing or two about service. Just ask their feet. Day in and day out, they move from table to table, from front to back, attending to the culinary needs of the guests they host each day at their restaurant. But make no mistake. They are aware that the type of service they provide is a privilege afforded them by those who serve our country. The same military personnel and military vets they honor each Friday when they don red t-shirts to proudly display to their patrons and our city their solidarity in gratitude.
“When the Town Square Buzz Foundation first started the Red Shirt Campaign, we thought that sounded like a good plan for us, so we approached Angie Bado,” says Brandon Horracks, co-owner of Square Burger, “There are people on our team who have been in the military. We have customers with kids who are serving. And, my brother-in-law is an Air Force pilot.”
The mission of the Town Square Buzz Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TownSquareBuzz.com, is to “engage residents and raise community awareness about the unique needs of military families and service members by directing resources to support and improve their overall well-being.”
The foundation is actively working to create this awareness through the sale of red T-shirts, as a part of the nation-wide Red Shirt Friday campaign. All proceeds from t-shirt sales go to Community Lifeline to help military families and veterans with crisis support and assistance.
Square Burger is leading by example each Friday by doing their part to Paint the Town Red. In addition to wearing red on Friday, Square Burger is actively involved in selling red t-shirts as well.
“We’ve sold quite a few,” says Horracks, “We have lots of people asking for them. A lot of families with soldiers are telling other people about them, and they are telling us how much they appreciate the community doing this for them. It’s the least we can do, because our service men and women do so much for us.”
To show your support for our service men and women, and let them know that their sacrifices are not forgotten, grab a red shirt and join in. Any red shirt will do. The Red Shirt campaign is not a political organization, nor do they care whether one supports or does not support war. The sole purpose is making our support of the men and women who serve our country known.
The Town Square Buzz Foundation and Square Burger invite McKinney citizens to purchase shirts through TownSquareBuzz.com, or at Square Burger. The cost of the shirt is $10.00 ($15.00 XXL) with all proceeds going to Community Lifeline Center's program for Veterans of Collin County.