KFC Reunites IRD Humanitarian Aid Worker in Africa with Her Family in California
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Contact: Jeffrey Grieco
ARLINGTON, VA -- After more than a year away from their family, Jo Anne Yeager Sallah, her husband, and two children were reunited with Yeager Sallah's parents on Wednesday. Yeager Sallah has been managing since 2008 an International Relief and Development (IRD) program that boost cashew production and sales in the Gambia, in West Africa, in an effort to reduce the effects of the ongoing food crisis in the region. Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) arranged for the surprise family gathering in Sunnyvale, CA, as part of their "Better Together" campaign.
Capt. Donald R Yeager expected to enjoy a quiet lunch at his local Elks Lodge on Wednesday, but instead was surprised by his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren waiting at the door to embrace him.
"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 Yeager Sallah. "KFC's effort to bring our family together again means so much to us, and we'll never forget this experience."
KFC has also donated $10,000 to IRD for programming such as the food security project in the Gambia. "IRD is grateful for the support of KFC and their recognition of the hard work and dedication or our Nation's humanitarian aid workers," said Dr. Arthur B. Keys, IRD President and CEO. "Their generosity will enable IRD to continue meeting the needs of our world's most vulnerable communities."
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IRD is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization responsible for implementing relief, stability, and development programs worldwide. IRD's mission is to reduce the suffering of the world's most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. Specializing in meeting the needs of communities emerging from conflict or natural disaster, IRD partners with donors, local organizations, and many others to deliver sustainable services in agriculture, governance, health, and infrastructure.