Lufkin Sonic raise $9,000 for special needs organization - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lufkin Sonic restaurants raise nearly $9,000 for special needs organization

The fundraiser will provide 10 bikes to special needs kids (Source: KTRE Staff) The fundraiser will provide 10 bikes to special needs kids (Source: KTRE Staff)
Sonic helped raise $8,947 for Lufkin's Ambucs (Source: KTRE Staff) Sonic helped raise $8,947 for Lufkin's Ambucs (Source: KTRE Staff)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

The pot got a whole lot sweeter for Lufkin's Ambucs, an organization that provides therapeutic trikes to children with special needs. On Friday morning, the organization received a check for $8,947 from Sonic restaurants in Lufkin and Diboll.

On Saturday, the organization held a fundraiser at all Sonic locations in both areas. Supervisor Krispen Jones said they decided to donate 30 percent of the restaurant's profits, including the car hops' tips to the organization. However, she said they had no idea they would raise as much as they did.

"I think it's awesome. I mean, that was just unexpected. We knew we were probably going to get probably around five [thousand], but when it got up to the nine thousand dollar range, we were just in awe," Jones said.

Cindy Melvin, the president of the Lufkin Ambucs chapter, said with the money, she can purchase at least 10 new bikes. She says each bike costs about $800.

"You know, we made so many friends on Saturday with the carhops and vice versa, and they were jus ... they thanked us at the same time that we were thanking them. We just had a really great day," Melvin said.

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