Convenience Industry Provides Aid

Helping California wildfire victims is just one way the industry reaches out to the public.

November 26, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – This year, Northern California has experienced several devastating wildfires, which to date have destroyed nearly 1 million acres and 19,000 structures and killed at least 87 people. Combined, these various fires covered an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.

In response, 7-Eleven stores and Chevron are supporting American Red Cross relief efforts in the disaster areas.

Now through Dec. 15, 7-Eleven is inviting customers to add $1 to their purchase at participating U.S. stores or donate online to back Red Cross efforts. The chain has approximately 1,200 stores in the Golden State.

"The latest California wildfire quickly became one of the state's worst on record, and many families and communities had little warning, and face a very long recovery," said Greg Franks, senior vice president, Operations, of the Irving, Texas-based chain. “Contributions such as ours are critical to their success as they help these communities facing such monumental losses."

Chevron is donating $1 million from the Chevron Global Community Fund to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts for the devastating wildfires. “As a California company, we mourn the loss of life and destruction these fires have caused,” said Michael Wirth, chairman and CEO, Chevron. “Our thoughts are with all our neighbors who have been affected by the fires, and we honor all those working to contain them.”

Chevron was founded in California in 1879 and has operations around the state. In the past two years alone, the Chevron Global Community Fund has donated more than $2.5 million for California wildfire relief efforts.

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

In addition, NACS, continues to offer a helping hand to individuals and communities in need through the NACS Foundation. For 27 years, the NACS Foundation has served as a charitable beacon for the industry. It’s central focus is hunger, education, health and the environment.

Last year alone, convenience stores gave $1 billion to charities developing a wide range of programs to support local and regional communities.  A 2016 retail member survey revealed that nearly two in three companies (64%) support five or more charities in their communities and 83% of member companies have been active in charitable giving for more than 10 years, serving as the fabric of the communities where they operate.

In addition, the Foundation provides scholarships to convenience store employees around the country, awarding more than $500,000 in scholarship dollars to dozens of employees in retail member companies.