Through a month long fundraising effort, CITGO raises nearly $5,000 for a local children’s hospital.
Nearly $5,000 was raised by CITGO Marketers in Michigan who recently participated in the Month of Mott fundraiser for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The money was raised to support the hospital’s Buckle Up program. This program provides car seats for children and educates parents on how to properly use them.
“According to Safe Kids Worldwide, nearly 3,000 children under the age of 19 died in motor vehicle accidents in 2013. To continue to address this and other vehicle safety statistics, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital strives to bring education and resources to both patients and the local communities where they are needed,” said Marie Snodgrass, injury prevention program lead for the Pediatric Trauma Program at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. “The Month of Mott support from CITGO and its local Marketers and Retailers will allow us to continue our outreach efforts, providing free car seats to those in need along with the important education to help us ensure that every child is riding as safely as possible.”
Fundraising for the Month of Mott program took place at multiple Michigan CITGO gasoline stations where customers were encouraged to either purchase a $1 Mott Block or round up their purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the difference.
“Helping parents keep their children safe is a great way to fuel good in the local community,” said Fadel Bazzi of Bazzi Oil & Gas. “Engaging with customers about this initiative during the Month of Mott truly allowed us to raise awareness about the importance of child safety and join CITGO in giving back to such an important cause.”
Along with Bazzi Oil & Gas, other CITGO Marketers who participated in this program during the Month of Mott included Empire Petroleum, Corrigan Oil, RKA Petroleum, Barrick Enterprises and Dandy Oil.
“For the past four years, CITGO partnered with the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and its Child Safety Unit to raise awareness of this important safety issue,” said Alan Flagg, CITGO assistant vice president of supply and marketing. “Our Marketers and Retailers rally around the Mott Buckle Up program to make a difference for families in their local communities, and we are happy to see that our customers feel the same.”