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Papa John's sales help Franklin family grieving late mother


A popular pizzeria is donating a portion of their sales to help a Franklin family mourning the loss of a young mother.

April Kitchens, the proud mother of four adopted children, passed away unexpectedly last month after both she and her husband battled a cold.

April's condition, however, took a turn for the worse when she went into a diabetic coma and died soon after.

"She pretty much was the corner stone to how we operated as a family," husband Kendall Kitchens said. "The young ones, they know mommy is in heaven with Jesus."

On Wednesday night, the family's church, ClearView Baptist, hosted a pizza night with the help of Kendall's employer, Papa John's.

"The team wanted to help, Papa John's wanted to help, so the common denominator was pizza," said Laura Volkerding, General Manager of Papa John's in Brentwood.

In honor of April, Kendall's co-workers at the Brentwood Papa John's, where he's been delivering pizza for 21-years, launched the "April Kitchens Memorial Fund."

From now until Monday, when customers place an order at a Papa John's throughout Williamson County and use the pass code "Kitchens 4" online, over-the-phone or in stores, a portion of all the proceeds of that order will go to helping out the family.

So far, the community's generosity has been tremendous.

"We've seen a lot of transactions. I don't know if it's about the pizza. I think they want to help," said Volkerding.

Kitchens said he is moved by the community's support.

"We thank you very much. I know they'll be a time when they'll be someone else that will need just as much support and I know that they will get it," he stated.

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