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NACS Partners with American Red Cross

 NACS is the first retail-focused association to partner with the American Red Cross to advance community giving in stores and assist in disaster recovery efforts.  We are proud that our members and suppliers harnessed their compassion to donate more than $17 million for Red Cross relief efforts after the 2017 hurricanes. 

Convenience stores are in every community and often the only business open in times of an episodic event, able to provide food and fuel to those in need. Similarly, the Red Cross is a community-based network of nearly 270 chapters and 36 Blood Services regions that respond to an emergency every 8 minutes.

Publicly aligning with the Red Cross, 2017’s social service brand of the year1, helps us change our story within the community.  We hope that you can leverage the Red Cross engagement and donation opportunities we’ve outlined this year to bring focus to the positive impacts your business brings to the community. 

How To Get Involved Today
Order the Red Cross Store Donation Kit
Affiliating with causes, both local and national, improves a retailer’s brand perception with customers.  The Retailer In-Store toolkit provides materials for display and collection in your store. Thanks to a generous donation from the NACS Foundation, the kit and shipping is free for retailers. This pre-assembled kit is designed for chains with fewer than 10 stores, including independent operators.

Each kit contains the following NACS/Red Cross branded items and is designed for use in one store:

  • Engaging Employees in Partnership Activation Handbook (1)
  • Point of Purchase Signs (2 per kit)
  • Barcodes/UPC codes for each register (2 per kit)
  • Employee Buttons (2 per kit)
  • Customer donation forms for display (200 per kit)
  • Marketing Collateral Signage

You must sign a fundraising agreement with the American Red Cross before completing the order. Processing and shipping will take approximately one week from the date of order.

Available for Order March 2018.

**The first 20 company orders placed will receive reward incentives from the Red Cross. You will receive an email with more information if you qualify.

Create a Custom Donation Campaign
As part of our partnership, the Red Cross has assigned a dedicated relationship manager to easily work with our industry’s largest members to design and coordinate an in-store program with custom co-branded materials. You will be connected directly with the Red Cross to choose from a catalog of available items to obtain expedited artwork for co-branded materials. You will also receive marketing support and campaign incentives from the Red Cross.

Contact NACS Director of Strategic Initiatives Carolyn Schnare at cschnare@convenience.org or (703) 518-4248 to get started.

Other Ways to Get Involved
NACS is partnering with the Red Cross to raise money and help community members recover in a time of crisis, big or small. The Red Cross depends on local chapters to execute its mission. Click here to locate your nearest chapter. Together, we’ve identified ways for retailers to support Red Cross services to your local communities.

  • Drive key product sales through specially marked packages or items, calling out promoting the support of Red Cross
  • Co-brand with the Red Cross on a program to donate a portion of sales of that item (25 cents per cup of coffee, drink, etc.)
  • Donate Supplies: Much-needed relief items like water, snacks and fuel after a disaster are scarce.
  • Donate Your Lot Space: During the time of a large-scale disaster in the immediate area, stores with large parking lots could serve as a volunteer staging area.
  • Host a Blood Drive: Red Cross collects 45% of the blood used by hospitals. Convenience stores could host a bloodmobile in the parking lot and provide rewards to those who participate.
  • Rallying Point: Serve as a rallying point for volunteers during a disaster or planned activity.
  • Reward Volunteers: Provide free coupon or food to volunteer workers who present their Red Cross IDs.

To obtain expedited logo-use permission through the Red Cross, contact Carolyn Schnare at cschnare@convenience.org

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

 More Info

 

Click here to read about the press release announcing the NACS partnership with American Red Cross.

To learn more how you can get involved, listen to Convenience Matters Episode #84: Partner with the Red Cross.

For questions, please contact:

Carolyn Schnare
Director, Strategic Initiatives
(703) 518-4248
cschnare@nacsonline.com