ALTOONA, Pa., July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past 24 years Sheetz For The Kidz has set out to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children within the communities in which Sheetz operates. Sheetz For The Kidz is an employee run 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds to support the Sheetz For The Kidz Holiday Program and Make-A-Wish.
The Sheetz For The Kidz Holiday Program provides children in need the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with new toys, clothes and other basic needs. The program works with The Salvation Army to identify families and collect their holiday wish lists. Sheetz employees from every Sheetz operating area participate in shopping, wrapping and hosting parties for all the participating children. Over $1.2 million was distributed last year, making the holiday season brighter for more than 8,520 children in all 6 states.
This will mark the 11th year of Sheetz For The Kidz partnering with Make-A-Wish to sponsor families of children with life-threatening medical conditions so they can experience a weeklong dream vacation in Orlando, Florida. Forty-eight families will enjoy a free vacation at Give Kids the World Village, a 70-acre, non-profit storybook resort designed to provide special facilities for the children and their families while taking in the Disney vacation of their dreams.
Sheetz customers can support Sheetz For The Kidz and children in their communities in-stores in July and in other ways throughout the year.
Ways to support Sheetz For The Kidz in-stores in July:
- Donate at the register during checkout
- Purchase a Sheetz For The Kidz water – 25 cents of every bottle sold goes to support the charity
- Buy any Coca-Cola® 20 oz. bottle of carbonated soft drink between July 17 and July 31 and Coca-Cola will donate 5 cents to support Sheetz For The Kidz.
Customers can donate online at www.sheetzforthekidz.org and by shopping on AmazonSmile and selecting "Sheetz For The Kidz".
About Sheetz For The Kidz
The Sheetz Family Charities, dba Sheetz For The Kidz is a non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children. The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need within the communities in which Sheetz operates. To date, the charity has raised more than $21.6 million and helped more than 93,500 children. For more information, please visit http://www.sheetz.com/ftk/
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish come true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980—more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org to learn more.
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