Mexican restaurant on a mission, empowering employees to make a difference

Tumbleweeds restaurant located at 894 Stevens Drive in Richland.

RICHLAND, Wash. – Tumbleweeds is a Mexican restaurant on a mission, working to empower and encourage kindness through giving to others in a charity they call Tumbleweeds Cares.

This Richland restaurant is giving each employee the opportunity to design a new menu item, which will be sold for a week. Then 50 percent of the proceeds will go to a charity of the employees choosing.

This week, March 13th-18th, employee Jake Myers created his Crisp Combo Burrito to help raise money for the Jacksen Ashton Foundation.

"He passed away nine years ago, in a car crash,” Myers said. “And he's very passionate about music, and that’s what it is, it’s a foundation to help provide a scholarship for those who want to pursue a music career."

Myers said choosing a charity was simple.

"That's what Jacksen loved to do is play music,” he said. “That's why it’s so close to me, it’s my family, it’s my cousin."

Myers lost his cousin Jacksen in a tragic winter car crash, when Jacksen was only 16 years old. Myers said he never thought he'd be able to give back in this way, and so he reached out to his uncle to let him know he wanted to help.

"Jake, he's my nephew and he grew up with Jacksen and thought of him when he had the opportunity to do this," explained Tony Ashton, Jacksen’s father.

"Jacksen loved music,” he added. “He played the drums and played the piano ever since he was little."

Through numerous fundraisers the Jacksen Ashton foundation has given $36,000 in scholarships to seniors in high school in the Columbia Basin.

"My son's tragedy is a bad thing,” Ashton said. “Bad things happen and it’s what we do with it that really matters."

Through the loss of his son, Ashton said he hopes to bring music into others’ lives.

He said he feels honored that Tumbleweeds truly cares.

Tumbleweeds Cares will highlight a new charity chosen by its employees for the next 10 weeks. Check out the other foundations on their website.

If you want to donate to the Jacksen Ashton Foundation on your own you can visit and write "Jacksen Ashton Foundation" in the memo.

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