From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Members of the Trussville Veterans Committee, American Legion Post 205, and City Leadership were present when local business owners Jayraj and Zinkal Patel presented their second $15,000 check to the Alabama Fallen Warrior Project.
The Patels have pledged to donate $50,000 to the Alabama Fallen Warrior Project and other veteran causes.
“The Patel’s have been so generous in honoring our veterans,” Councilmember Jaime Anderson said. “They are a wonderful testament to our community and country, and we are so proud to have them and their businesses in Trussville. I would encourage everyone to support them whenever they can.”
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The Patels, who immigrated to the United States from India in 2010, are the owners of Wing it On in the Publix Shopping Center and Beau Lash & Brow Spa on Trussville Crossings Parkway.
Jayraj initially met the Trussville Veterans Committee members at a Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce lunch, where he heard about the Wreaths Across America program and knew he wanted to donate to the cause.
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Through continued conversations with members of the Trussville Veterans Committee, the Patels knew they wanted to give back in a big way and decided to give big to the Alabama Fallen Warriors Project that is currently underway in the town they live, work, and play in.
“When Americans think of the word Heroes, they think of first responders, military members, and athletes,” Trussville Veterans Committee’s Chad Carroll said. “Who we don’t think about are the community members that make a difference within their community. The Patel Family has touched this community in many ways with their donations to the veteran community. They are the real Heroes.”
If you’re interested in learning more or donating to this project, visit http://alabamafallenwarriorsproject.org.