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. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20031119/USO ) 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.