Ruby Tuesday leads habitat home drive

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By Andrew Marlan
Mason Times staff writer

Ruby Tuesday is connected to the Meridian Mall in Okemos.

The Ruby Tuesday in Okemos has dedicated 20 percent of Sunday profits to charities in the Lansing and Williamston area since the beginning of October. The restaurant feels it is important to give back to the community and has chosen to donate money to Habitat For Humanity during the fall.

For the past three weeks, Oct. 23, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 and continuing into the rest of November, Ruby Tuesday manager John Catt has donated 20 percent of the restaurant’s Sunday profits to Habitat For Humanity, aimed towards helping two underprivileged families in Mason.

“Ruby Tuesday started doing Sunday nights called Give Back to raise money for local charities,” said Catt. “We set a whole night aside for charities around Lansing and Williamston. For anyone who brings in the flyer, we take 20 percent of the money we get from their bill, and send it to that particular charity.”

Catt said that helping non-profit organizations has increased customers at Ruby Tuesday and thinks the weekly Give Back will continue for a while longer.

“Ruby Tuesday, the Meridian Mall and Habitat For Humanity have their own marketing that they do for the event,” said Catt. “We e-mail and post flyers, but we’ve had some limited success because it’s still really hard to get the word out.”

This past week, Habitat For Humanity started building a new home for two Mason families. The organization said that the Nyabenda and Bucumi families are highly appreciative for the community’s support and cannot wait to move into their two-story, six-bedroom house in the spring. I would rather hear directly from the families on that. I am sure they are thrilled.

Sandy Pearson, a 2011 legislator for Habitat Michigan, said that it takes a lot of goodhearted people, money and media coverage to make Habitat For Humanity be a success.

“It’s really a blessing to have people and businesses like Ruby Tuesday that use their money, time and energy for families in their community that need it,” said Pearson. “Our mission is to help families own a home and we’re always looking for volunteers.”

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