Carmel residents Bob and Dr. Laura Dugan collected 200,000 points from Buffalo Wild Wings and used them to donate food.
INDIANAPOLIS – Tuesday lunch service at the Wheeler Mission began with a special announcement.
“You’re getting Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch today,” announced Chief Sam Brown, director of food services at Wheeler Mission.
The gentlemen from the men’s house burst into applause and cheers.
“To be honest, I was kind of shocked,” a gentleman who wanted to protect his name told 13News. “Since we are in a homeless shelter, people look down on us because we are homeless. As long as we show from the outside that they are important to us, that tells us something else. “
The people taking care of it are Carmel residents Bob and Dr. Laura Dugan. The couple said they love Buffalo Wild Wings and go almost every day, mostly to watch sports.
“We have been collecting points with purchases for over two years,” says Dr. Dugan. “And this guy (pointing to her husband) got the idea that we should give something back and do something with these points. So we started there, talked to Buffalo Wild Wings and they were on board. I asked my group at Northwest Radiology for help with coordination, they brought in the Wheeler mission so it’s just a joint effort, ”said Dr. Dugan.
She said that a Buffalo Wild Wings employee who helped coordinate logistics recently quit his job at the restaurant but still wanted to give something back. He is currently employed at Los Arroyos so he was able to get this restaurant to donate some food in addition to the food from Buffalo Wild Wings.
The Dugans had saved more than 200,000 points in around two and a half years.
“It’s something everyone should do, we should all give something back,” one gentleman told 13News while enjoying a plate. Another gentleman said he used to eat a Buffalo Wild Wings and the food tasted “great”.
Wheeler Mission said they expect to feed more than 200 people in total between their men’s and women’s and children’s homes.
“Here at the Wheeler Mission, we’re going to feed anyone who shows up during meal times, and we’re not going to close until we have them all,” said Chief Brown.
The Dugans said returning doesn’t need to be reserved for the holidays.
“Anytime. We would have done it sooner, it just took a while to coordinate,” said Dr. Dugan.
Last year the Dugans got the idea to donate their points.
“It was right when the pandemic broke out and the shutdown started and the doors closed and we said we have to do something,” said Bob. “We have to make people happy and do something good for the community.”
“And then of course you had to wait until we could have a number of people together because of COVID-19, which was often not possible,” said Dr. Dugan. “We encourage people to give something back at any time. Even if it’s just about buying a gift card or buying lunch for the person behind you. “
“It’s so easy to help your fellow man, you know, your fellow man,” added Bob.