In-store program encourages customer donations.
Sheetz Inc. has sent refrigerated trucks to assist the American Red Cross in distributing food to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. In an effort to help those devastated by the storm, the convenience restaurant chain will also collect monetary donations for the American Red Cross, starting Friday, Nov. 16, through Dec.16, 2012, at all Sheetz locations.
Sheetz donated the use of three 48-foot refrigerated distribution trucks and drivers, to assist the American Red Cross in delivering meals to storm victims in Toms River, East Rutherford and Middletown, N.J. The drivers left for the American Red Cross emergency kitchens on Nov. 10, 2012, and will stay on site at those locations for a minimum of three weeks, with the potential to stay longer, if necessary.
“We were in critical need of refrigerated trucks at several of our emergency locations where victims of Hurricane Sandy are being cared for, Sheetz are true heroes because they stepped up, responded to our request and within hours, knew what they could do to help,” said Steve Birkhauser, with the American Red Cross. “We are extremely grateful to Sheetz for acting so quickly and providing a way for us to deliver food to the devastated areas.”
Customers can donate money at any of Sheetz’ 431 locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. Donations will go directly to the Red Cross, to help rebuild the lives destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
“Sheetz has a tradition of helping the American Red Cross whenever it’s been necessary,” said Louie Sheetz, executive vice president of marketing, Sheetz Inc. “We respect and admire the work that they do in these situations. Their efforts are monumental and that is why we help when we can.”