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PENSACOLA, Fla., - For Military Appreciation Month, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Whataburger are teaming up for a second year to collect donations for USO Northwest Florida. Donations will be collected during the Blue Wahoos' home games during the month of May. The USO will deliver the items directly to the troops currently serving the United States.
Fans who donate during the drive will receive a coupon for a free Whataburger. Donations can be dropped off at the entry gates.
The Blue Wahoos, Whataburger and the USO are asking for specific items during each homestand. The dates and requested items are as follows:
May 5th-9th vs. Tennessee Smokies
Individually wrapped salty and sweet snacks such as pretzels, cookies, peanut butter crackers, etc.
May 16th-20th vs. Mississippi Braves
Single-serve microwavable snacks such as mac and cheese, ramen noodles, ravioli, etc.
May 21st-25th - vs. Jackson Generals
Center supplies such as copy paper, dish soap, batteries, paper towels, etc.
All Home Games - Bottled Water
Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: "What a burger!" Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, 100 percent beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 770 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $1 billion annually.
The mission of the USO is to lift the spirits of troops and their families and that mission is accomplished on a daily basis thanks to the dedication and generosity of the American people. Whether it is a commitment of time from a volunteer or a contribution of dollars from a donor, the USO turns this generosity into centers, programs and services that reach troops in the most remote corners of the globe.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.