ALEXANDRIA, Va.—As the nation reopens, convenience stores continue to look for opportunities to help their communities stay safe and well-supplied.
With the demand for face masks increasing, the TA Express in Walsenburg, Colorado, is helping by distributing them to truck drivers on the road, the company reports.
The project began when a local church group offered to sew masks for drivers if the travel center would get them to people who need them. So far, the project has outfitted more than 115 professional drivers with masks.
“The truck drivers are very appreciative, and some give donations, which we give to the church group for more materials and other supplies they need,” said Karen Horner, general manager. In one instance, the site ran out of masks in just two days but was able to collect over $75 in donations.
The church group contacts TX Express every other day to see if more masks are needed, and if so, Judy, a volunteer, happily delivers them.
“[Judy] just floats in with a huge smile that you can’t see through the mask, but you [can] see in her eyes,” said Horner. “[She] delivers a bag full of masks, collects any donations that were left for the masks and disappears as quickly as she came in.”
In Pennsylvania, two convenience industry leaders, Sheetz and Wawa, have teamed up to provide emergency food bank relief during the COVID-19 health crisis—this time to folks in Virginia. In a joint news release, the two convenience store leaders announced a combined donation of 600 lunches and $4,000 to Feed More, a Richmond-based food bank serving the hungry in Central Virginia.
The lunches included a turkey sandwich, cookie, fruit cup, string cheese and a bottle of water.
“During the last two months, we have been inspired and humbled by those who have stepped up to help our neighbors in their time of need,” said Doug Pick, president and CEO, Feed More. “This unique partnership between Wawa and Sheetz, who are joining forces to fight hunger and help our neighbors, is a great example of community in action.”
“In times like these, it is essential that we come together to help those who are struggling in the communities we serve,” said Joe Sheetz, CEO, Sheetz. “That is why we are partnering with Wawa to make these donations to Feed More.”
“Both of our company’s missions are to feed the communities we serve and now, more than ever, it was important that we join together to help our neighbors who continue to struggle amid this pandemic,” said Chris Gheysens, president and CEO, Wawa.
Feed More is a member of Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America.
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