Theres truly no place like home. As part of a year-long campaign to
bring people together, Kentucky Fried Chicken provided another deserving
family an emotional reunion today.
Jo Anne Yeager Sallah, a relief worker with International Relief and
Development (IRD), has been stationed in Gambia since 2008 with her
husband and two children, thousands of miles away from her parents,
Capt. Donald R. Yeager and Jeanne Yeager of Sunnyvale, Calif. With the
distance, the elder Yeagers have not seen their grandchildren for more
than a year.
When you live so far away from your loved ones, you learn to connect
with each other using the latest technology, but nothing beats seeing
them in person, so we really cherish any opportunity we get to see each
other, said Jo Anne Yeager Sallah. KFCs effort to bring our family
together again means so much to us, and well never forget this
Working with KFC to coordinate the surprise, Jeanne brought an
unsuspecting Donald to the Elks Lodge where his retired mens group
meets regularly. While Donald thought he would be meeting up with his
fellow veterans, to his surprise, he was greeted by his daughter,
son-in-law and grandchildren, all eagerly waiting at the door to embrace
him. After wiping away tears and giving one another plenty of hugs, the
family continued to catch up over a meal of KFC Chunky Chicken Pot Pies.
KFC Continues to Bring People Together in 2012
In January, KFC reunited Air Force Capt. Cherissa Jackson with her
daughters, parents and siblings when she returned home from her
deployment in Afghanistan. KFC may conduct additional reunions this
year. Consumers who know of family members or friends deserving of a
reunion can share their stories on KFCs Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/KFC)
and Twitter profile (www.Twitter.com/KFC_Colonel).
Whether its our KFC Chunky Chicken Pot Pies, the Colonels Original
Recipe Fried Chicken or one of our delicious side dishes, at KFC, we
make food that brings family and friends together, said Jason Marker,
Chief Marketing Officer of KFC. Thats why were on a year-long mission
to connect deserving families together over our world-famous chicken.
Enjoy the Classic Taste of KFCs Chunky Chicken Pot Pie
Loaded with chunks of the worlds-best chicken, diced vegetables and
covered with a buttery, flaky crust, KFCs Chunky Chicken Pot Pie is
freshly baked every day at participating locations. Each pie is only
$3.99 for a limited time.
For more information, visit www.kfc.com.
KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the worlds most popular
chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra
Crispy, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Crispy Strips with home-style
sides, Hot Wings, and freshly made chicken sandwiches including the
Double Down® and the Doublicious®. There are more than 15,000 KFC
outlets in 109 countries and territories around the world serving some
12 million customers each day. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum!
Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM) For more information, visit www.kfc.com.
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About Colonel Sanders
The Kentucky Fried Chicken concept was pioneered by Colonel Harland
Sanders (1890-1980), whose cooking career began at age six. Sanders held
jobs ranging from streetcar conductor to insurance salesman, but his
cooking skills were a constant throughout his life. In 1930, Sanders
operated a service station in Corbin, Ky., and filled the stomachs of
hungry travelers who stopped in to fill up their gas tanks. Sanders soon
moved his restaurant across the street when he could no longer keep up
with the demand from travelers who he had been feeding at his kitchen
table. In 1935, the Kentucky Governor made Sanders an honorary Kentucky
Colonel for his contributions to the states cuisine. Over the next
decade, the Colonel perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices
and the basic cooking technique still used at KFC today. When Sanders
was 65, a new interstate highway forced the closure of his restaurant
and he was left with only his recipe for fried chicken and a $105 Social
Security check. The Colonel hit the road and struck handshake deals with
restaurant owners who agreed to sell his fried chicken. What began as a
dream fueled by the Original Recipe, a no-quit attitude and a Social
Security check grew into the worlds largest chicken restaurant chain.
Until he passed away in 1980 at the age of 90, the Colonel still
traveled 250,000 miles a year visiting KFC restaurants around the world.