National coin shortage allowed Sheetz customers ability to contribute extra change to campaign
ALTOONA, Pa. – Sheetz, a major Mid-Atlantic restaurant and convenience chain, is proud to announce that Sheetz For the Kidz, an employee-driven charity supporting underprivileged children, raised a record-setting $839,460 during its annual month of in-store fundraising in July. This is an increase of $205,391 from last year’s donation.
“We are extremely grateful for our customers’ tremendous generosity,” said Brittany Funcheon, Executive Director for Sheetz For the Kidz. “We continue to be blown away by our customers, who through these challenging times, generously donated to this campaign in a major way. Their donations will make the holiday season brighter for thousands of children and families in need.”
The current pandemic has created a coin shortage in the U.S., which has directly impacted Sheetz. As a result, during July customers had the option to donate the extra change that they would normally receive on a transaction to Sheetz For the Kidz. Each Sheetz store then rang these donations through the register and directed them to the charity.
With 100 percent of all donations directly supporting local children, Sheetz For the Kidz provides children in need the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with gifts such as new toys, clothes and other basic needs. Working with the Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families, Sheetz employees shop, wrap and host holiday parties for the children and their families. Last year, more than $1.7 million was distributed, making the holiday season brighter for more than 9,700 children in the six states Sheetz operates.
In partnership with Make-A-Wish, funds raised during the campaign also sponsor wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The charity sponsors one child per Sheetz operating district, totaling 55 children this year.
Furthermore, to broaden the connection to the communities it serves, Sheetz For the Kidz recently announced a $620,000 donation to Feeding America to provide food to children in need. This commitment equates to approximately 10,000 meals per store.
There are many ways customers can support Sheetz For the Kidz throughout the year:
- Purchasing a Sheetz For the Kidz water, with 25 cents from each bottle directly supporting the charity.
- Shop on AmazonSmile and select “Sheetz For the Kidz” as the charity of your choice. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases to the charity.
· Donate online at https://www.sheetz.com/ftk.