As explained by Mental Floss, Thomas was an adopted kid himself; sadly, life was hard for him as a child. You see, he lost his mom when he was 5 years old, and his adoptive dad chose to tie the knot thrice after his wife’s death. The family shifted base often, which meant that Thomas never really got the chance to settle in anywhere and had to live with uncertainty.
Additionally, Thomas didn’t share a close bond with his dad. He explained their relationship in a straightforward manner when he said, “He fed me, and if I got out of line he’d whip me.” Fortunately, Thomas didn’t let his personal experiences deter him from helping out others like him, and set up the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in a bid to support kids looking for adoptive families. Thomas also wanted more people to be able to speak about what they’ve gone through as kids. “You’d be surprised the people who were adopted who don’t want to talk about it,” he revealed. “It’s hard for people who have a mother and father to understand. Adoption was like the plague.”
Well, Wendy’s is keeping Thomas’ legacy alive today. As per QSR Magazine, Wendy’s makes it a point to voice their support for adoption, as well as the importance of foster care by raising funds for children in need. Wendy’s also collaborates with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.