WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Mexican food and fundraising are going hand-in-hand at one West Lafayette restaurant on Wednesday.
Former Purdue Football and NFL player Ian Allen is the organizer of "Fundraiser Day." Customers who present a flyer or mention the program will donate 20% of their order to Lafayette Transitional Housing Center.
The cause hits close to home for Allen, who was homeless for part of his childhood.
"I just wish they were there and someone had my back when I was that age, to at least call some attention to the issue," said Allen. "I also like what they have to offer because we also spent some time in the shelter as well."
The "Fundraiser Day" lasts until midnight at the Qdoba on Northwestern Avenue in West Lafayette. Allen has already said he plans to bring the homeless effort back next year. He said he would like to expand it also.
"People should realize, in their backyard, homeless people do exist. At the very least we can acknowledge that they exist and at the worst say hello," said Allen. "I am not saying we can save the world, but at least say 'Hello,' and maybe that will give them some dignity which could inspire some hope."
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