ALTOONA, Pa. — Sheetz For The Kidz raised more than $618,000 during its annual December campaign through customer donations.
According to a news release from the company, this is a record for the Sheetz employee-driven charity and exceeds last year’s campaign fundraising total by more than $34,000. Each year, 100 percent of customer donations are used to directly support Sheetz For The Kidz programs.
“We cannot thank our customers and employees enough for their loyal support and the continued generosity they show to Sheetz For The Kidz,” Sarah Piper, executive director of Sheetz For The Kidz, said in the news release.
Throughout the 2017 holiday season, Sheetz for the Kidz supported approximately 9,300 children, amounting to 16 children from each of Sheetz’s 564 stores.
Sheetz For The Kidz worked with the Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Sheetz employees then 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 basic necessities purchased specifically for them.
Customers can support Sheetz For The Kidz throughout the year by:
• Buying Sheetz For The Kidz water — 25 cents of every bottle sold goes to support the charity.
• Shopping on AmazonSmile and selecting “Sheetz For The Kidz” as the charity of your choice. Amazon will donate a portion of purchases to Sheetz For The Kidz.
• Going to www.sheetzforthekidz.org to donate online.
During July and December, Sheetz offers customers opportunities to donate at registers.
This also marks the 13th consecutive year of Sheetz For The Kidz partnering with Make-A-Wish to grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.