Comedian Jim Gaffigan is famous for his jokes about foods like Hot Pockets, bacon and McDonald's french fries.But I'm sure it's all for show and a cheap PR move to make themselves feel better. I'm sure the Gaffigans and their kids will return to LA and forget about the people who were helped at the food pantry.
But on Tuesday, he and his wife, Jeannie, and their children spent the day making sure those who need food can get it by volunteering at a Milwaukee food pantry — one that is receiving some $70,000 thanks to them.
Gaffigan added an extra Friday performance to his series of New Year's Eve shows at the Pabst Theater, and is donating 100% of the ticket sales from that show to the Riverwest Food Pantry. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Gaffigan's New Year's Eve shows in Milwaukee.
"I consider Milwaukee my hometown-in-law. My wife is from Milwaukee, and I've been coming here for a long time," Gaffigan said while sorting nonperishable food. "And we've been married? 120 years now."
They also talked about how much their five children have benefitted from volunteering.Sounds like Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan just did more for Milwaukeeans this week than Charlie-tan Sykes and Scott Walker have done in 20 years. Oh, but Chuckles and Scotty and the rest of the Bradley boys and WMC oligarchs are the ones who "understand Wisconsinites and care about their future." Riiiight.
"We try to make having a heart for other people a part of their lives, especially at Christmas when it becomes all about "What am I going to get? What am I going to get?," Jeannie Gaffigan said. "It's so important for children to understand that not everybody lives like this."
By the way, apparently the charity show on Friday has sold out, as has Jim Gaffigan's other 3 shows this weekend (!), but the Journal-Sentinel says you can still donate to the Riverwest Food Pantry by texting "bacon" to 91999.