ALTOONA, Pa., Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sheetz for the Kidz is proud to announce that it raised more than $580,000 during its annual December campaign through customer donations. This is a record for the Sheetz employee-run charity that exceeds last year's campaign fundraising total by more than $60,000. Sheetz for the Kidz is a 501 (c)(3) employee-operated charitable organization that raises funds through a variety of fundraising efforts, including in-store customer donations during the months of July and December. One hundred percent of customer donations go directly to supporting children in need of the local Sheetz communities.
Throughout the 2016 holiday season, each of Sheetz's 541 stores supported 16 children from their local communities by collaborating with The Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families. Approximately 8,800 children from across the six-state Sheetz operating area of PA, MD, OH, WV, VA and NC benefited from the program this holiday season. Sheetz employees volunteered their time to shop, wrap, and host holiday parties for the children and their families. At the holiday parties, Santa greeted the children and presented them with new toys, clothes, and other basic necessities purchased specifically for them.
"We are overwhelmed by the incredible kindness demonstrated by our customers and we thank them for their loyal support of Sheetz for the Kidz this past holiday season and always," said Ryan Sheetz, AVP of Brand Development. "Our generous customers and employees helped make the season special for so many local children, and we were honored to be able to spread holiday cheer to these local families."
"This fundraising initiative allows us to give back to the communities that support Sheetz and we look forward to its continued growth in 2017," said Sarah Piper, Executive Director of Sheetz for the Kidz. "We are also thankful for the efforts of Sheetz employees, who volunteer their own time each year to help families in their own hometowns have a brighter holiday season."
There are many ways customers can support Sheetz for the Kidz throughout the year:
- Purchase Sheetz for the Kidz water – 25 cents of every bottle sold goes to support the charity.
- Shop on AmazonSmile and select "Sheetz for the Kidz" as the charity of your choice. Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to Sheetz for the Kidz.
- Go to www.sheetzforthekidz.org to donate online today.
- In the months of July and December, Sheetz offers customers an opportunity to donate at the register.
Since its beginning in 1992, Sheetz for the Kidz has brought smiles to the faces of more than 100,000 children in the communities surrounding Sheetz stores in PA, MD, OH, WV, VA and NC through donations totaling more than $22.9 million.
About Sheetz for the Kidz
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 $22.9 million and helped more than 100,000 children!
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.
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