7-Eleven 'Support Our Troops' Campaign Raises More Than $1 Million for the USO

Mar 14, 2005, 00:00 ET from USO

    WASHINGTON, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- 7-Eleven, Inc., the world's largest
 chain of convenience stores, is donating more than $1 million from the sale of
 its "Support Our Troops" wristbands to the USO.  The money will be used to
 support programs and services that benefit U.S. military personnel and their
 families worldwide.
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     7-Eleven is the first national retailer to sell wristbands to raise money
 to support the USO, pledging to donate $1 for every band sold.  Since last
 December, 7-Eleven customers in 30 states and the District of Columbia have
 been lending a hand to support the troops by purchasing and wearing the
 camouflage-green bands, embossed with "Support Our Troops" on one side and
 "USO" on the other.
     "We are very grateful for this generous donation by 7-Eleven," said USO
 President and CEO Edward A. Powell.  "For years, merchants have been selling
 'I Support the Troops' bumper stickers and other gadgets, but the
 manufacturers and sellers were the only people profiting from those sales.  7-
 Eleven could have done that without benefiting any charity, but they wanted to
 do something to help us, and we are very grateful they selected the USO to
 benefit from this effort."
     In its continuing show of support for the troops, the Dallas-based
 retailer in February donated more than 25,000 pounds of Cafe Select coffee
 valued at $116,000 to some USO centers in the United States.
     7-Eleven President and CEO Jim Keyes said, "Supporting the USO is
 important to us and to our customers.  The wristbands are a visible way for
 the American people to show their support and gratitude for our brave men and
 women in the military and for the sacrifices of their families."
     About the USO: For more than 64 years, the USO (United Service
 Organizations) has been providing morale and recreation-type services to U.S.
 military personnel and their families.  The USO is a nonprofit, charitable
 organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its
 programs and services.  The USO is supported by World Partners Avon Products,
 Inc., AT&T Corporation, BAE SYSTEMS, Bass Pro Shops, Build-A-Bear Workshop,
 Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Computer Systems Center,
 Inc., Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation,
 Military Channel, Morgan Stanley, National Football League, Northwest
 Airlines, Inc., Reader's Digest, Sara Lee, S & K Sales Company, TriWest Health
 Care Alliance and The Walt Disney Company.  Other organizations, including the
 United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of
 individual donors to support the USO.  For more information on the USO, please
 visit our Web site at http://www.uso.org.
     About 7-Eleven, Inc.: 7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain
 in the convenience retailing industry.  Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, 7-
 Eleven, Inc. operates or franchises approximately 5,800 7-Eleven(R) stores in
 the United States and Canada and licenses more than 22,100 7-Eleven stores in
 17 other countries and U.S. territories throughout the world.  During 2004, 7-
 Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of more than $41 billion.  Find
 out more online at http://www.7-Eleven.com.