The Jesse W. Grisham VFW Post #2259 has been participating in the annual Christmas Basket program for years, but representatives were still shocked when they realized the lengths that area businesses would go to help, one in particular.

The Buffalo Wild Wings throughout Arkansas donated 15 percent of their proceeds from Veterans Day business toward the VFW Christmas Basket program, which provides food and other necessities to needy families during Christmas. The local Buffalo Wild Wings, which is located at 675 Amity Road, donated $731.56 to the local VFW post.

"We were unaware that this was happening," said James Lee, Commander of the post. "It was certainly a very pleasant surprise and helped us help others."

Lee said the program has been in place for "many, many years" and the main focus to give those families a really good Christmas." Lee also wanted to give praise to Charlie Hooten, chairman of the Christmas basket Fund, who he said had been doing an "outstanding job" with the program.

Lee and other members of the VFW spent their morning last week giving thanking the employees of Buffalo Wild Wings including its manager, Adrian Payeton.

"Your support of our fund raising effort will go a long way toward making a lot of families and children have a happy holiday," Lee said.

"It always feels good to help out," Payeton said. "Knowing where the money is headed and who it is helping is thanks enough."