Donate a Coat to Local Children in Need & Get a Free Combo Meal at Wendy’s

Business News |Nov 5, 2018|2 min read

GRAND RAPIDS, MI— Meritage Hospitality Group, one of the nation’s largest Wendy’s franchisees, is expanding their annual “Coats for Combos” drive throughout five regions in the Midwest. Community members who donate a new or gently used coat at participating restaurants between November 5th and November 11th will receive a voucher for a free Wendy’s combo to use on their next visit.


Wendy’s and partners, West Michigan Spartans and Duckett Enterprises, have collected nearly 2,700 coats since the inaugural campaign in 2013.


Duckett Enterprises and the West Michigan Spartans will match the number of coats donated with a contribution of hats and gloves.

“Giving back is a huge part of our Wendy’s culture and this campaign is something our group is really passionate about,” said Mike Baldwin, Director of Operations – North for Meritage Hospitality Group. “The program continues to grow and expand annually as new restaurants are added. We’re excited for the inclusion of our Indiana stores this year, where our efforts to provide warmth to children have expanded throughout the Midwest.”


Coats, hats and gloves will be distributed to local schools and organizations within the community in which the donations were collected. Participating Wendy’s restaurants can be found throughout West Michigan, Detroit, Northern Michigan, Toledo and Indiana.

School rallies will take place on November 14 and November 15 at Sibley and Comstock Elementary schools. Former NFL player and MSU Alumnus, Todd Duckett, will be present at both rallies to speak to students about the importance of community and giving back. The rallies include coat donations, giveaways from Wendy’s and a special appearance from MSU’s own mascot, Sparty.


This program kicks off Wendy’s of Michigan’s annual “Change a Child’s Life” campaign, which has raised nearly $3 million for local charitable children’s organizations since it’s inauguration and will run from November 12th to December 31st at all West Michigan Wendy’s restaurants.

For more information regarding Coats for Combos or Change a Child’s Life, please contact Olivia Ross, Marketing Manager, at For more information about Wendy’s, visit