Project Brunch in New Jersey is one of the many local restaurants from where Enterprise purchased gift cards for employees. - Photo courtesy of Enterprise. 

Project Brunch in New Jersey is one of the many local restaurants from where Enterprise purchased gift cards for employees.

Photo courtesy of Enterprise. 

Enterprise celebrated its 80,000 employees for Employee Appreciation Day on Friday by gifting them each a unique gift to support local restaurants. Because, just like the rental industry, the restaurant industry has been disproportionately impacted due to COVID-19.

Enterprise locations across the U.S. purchased $100 gift cards to local (not chain) restaurants and distributed them to all full and part-time employees.

“Since the earliest days of the pandemic, Enterprise Holdings employees have shown their dedication to our business like never before," Chrissy Taylor, Enterprise Holdings president and CEO, said in a statement. "In recognition of Employee Appreciation Day, we wanted to provide a small token of our appreciation. We’re giving each employee $100 to enjoy a meal and support a local restaurant in their community— to a cumulative effect of $8 million. We look forward to paying it forward to another industry hard hit by the pandemic because when we invest in them, we live out one of our company’s guiding principles: Strengthen our communities, one neighborhood at a time.”

Globally, Enterprise employees will inject $8 million into the more than 9,500 neighborhoods where they live and workl, the company predicts.

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