KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Across America, c-stores have been doing what they can to give back to everyday heroes, as well as citizens in need.
Over the past few weeks, Weigel’s employees have delivered dozens of pizzas and donuts to their local hospitals and fire stations. Kurt Weigel, Weigel’s recruiting director, Brittany Obester, recruiting benefits coordinator, and Kelly Bowling, HR director, loaded up their cars with dozens of pizzas and boxes of donuts for the special delivery. Over a four-day period, they made deliveries to 15 hospitals and 18 fire stations.
“The men and women who are on the front line each day, serving our needs during this pandemic [show] such a heroic dedication to their professions, and we just wanted to do a little something to let them know how much we appreciate them,” said Weigel in a press release.
The pizza idea came out of a conference call with several of the Weigel’s family members. They knew they wanted to do something to let the community “heroes” know how much they appreciated them for their relentless service, especially during a national crisis. The pizzas and donuts are products Weigel’s makes in-house daily, so it was the ideal food to give.
“It was so gratifying to be able to make a small difference in the lives of those facing and fighting this pandemic on the front line,” said Weigel. “We are grateful for what they do every day, and happy we could give them just a little bit of enjoyment during this difficult and challenging time.”
In North Carolina, Cruizers and Holmes Oil Company Inc. donated $5,000 to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels (CHCMOW). These funds will help the nonprofit deliver meals to food-insecure and home-bound members of the community.
“Meals on Wheels cares for some of our most vulnerable community members,” said Edward Holmes, president and chief executive officer of Holmes Oil, in a press release. “Our corporate culture is wholeheartedly committed to giving back, and we’ve been proud to support them every year since 2017. With the devasting effects of the pandemic on our community, they need our support now more than ever.”
COVID-19 has forced the organization to change its normal operations for the safety of its volunteers, staff and recipients. In lieu of deliveries every Monday through Friday, Meals on Wheels volunteers now bring a week’s worth of food at one time to minimize physical contact. With less frequent home deliveries, the organization is incurring higher shipping costs on bulk items and having to purchase more expensive shelf-stable meals and frozen foods.
“To cover two weeks of delivery and prep costs us over twice as much money as we would have spent in that time frame,” said Rachel Bearman, executive director of CHCMOW. Of Cruizers’ $5,000 donation, $4,500 was provided via check to help cover the organization’s expenses and $500 in ExxonMobil gift cards for fuel.
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