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BASKING RIDGE, N.J., July 26, 2021 /CSRwire/ - Aiden and Louis Ardine were bartending at the Jersey Shore in Asbury Park, N.J. when COVID-19 hit. While the pandemic drove many restaurant workers to look for jobs in other industries - the Ardine brothers wanted to help.
After getting laid off, they decided to walk across America - with the goal of raising $30,000 for organizations that assist those in need working in the service industry. Today, the brothers have teamed up with Verizon to double down on the effort with hopes of raising $60K to support small businesses and restaurants.
“When you’re walking across the country through small rural towns and big cities alike, you need a speedy and reliable network for staying connected to family and friends and for keeping up with social media, so we are pumped to work with Verizon because everyone knows they are the best,” said Aiden Ardine. “We also love that we share the same mission to support small businesses and restaurants because they need our help right now.”
Verizon, whose commitment to small businesses during the pandemic has included $10 million in financial assistance, personalized technology solutions and access to special discounts and free tech evaluations, will support the Ardines in a number of ways, including:
“We love what Aiden and Louis are doing for small businesses and restaurants and are delighted to team up with them to raise awareness and support their goal of raising money for restaurant workers,” said Krista Bourne, senior vice president and president of consumer sales and operations at Verizon. “Verizon has and will continue to do our part to help small businesses as they transition into a post-pandemic world.”
The Ardines are proud to announce they’ve reached their $30,000 goal while having only walked more than 900 miles so far. With more than 2,100 miles to go, the brothers are now hoping to raise $60,000. The funds go to organizations that provide assistance to restaurant workers impacted by COVID-19, and include the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation and the COCO Fund. You can donate $10 to the COCO Fund by texting COCO to 501501, donate $25 by texting SUPPORT to 501501 or by visiting their website.
You can catch the Aiden and Louis on their trek as they will be walking through Des Moines, IA (7/15), Omaha, NE (7/21), Lincoln, NE (7/24) and Denver, CO (8/11) and through Salt Lake City, UT, Reno, NV, Sacramento, CA, Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA later this summer. To follow the Ardine brothers on their journey and learn more about their cause, follow @ardinesxamerica on Instagram and visit their website.
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