Thorntons Pledges $100,000 to Tornado Victims and Communities

Huck’s Convenience Stores is donating $50,000; small town c-store opens its doors for locals.

December 15, 2021

Tornado Destruction

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Thorntons is committing to donate $100,000 to help the areas devasted by last weekend’s deadly storms, according to a news release. From now until Christmas day, Thorntons will donate 10 cents, up to $100,000 total, from the purchase of every cup of coffee, tea, fountain soda or FizzFreez—any size. The funds will be donated to disaster relief charities currently aiding in the recovery.

“Thorntons cares about all of the communities where we operate and Kentucky is our home,” said Debi Boffa, president of Thorntons. “We have a longstanding commitment to supporting our communities and want to help people impacted by the recent tornados. Our hearts go out to all those facing devastation and loss. It is our sincere hope that these funds will make a significant and meaningful difference to their lives.”

The convenience retailer invites its vendor partners and other local businesses to join in the fundraising efforts to make a difference where it’s needed most.

Additionally, Huck’s Convenience Stores is donating over $50,000 to storm victims in Kentucky. Donations will be accepted at the convenience store registers, and 100% of all proceeds will go directly to the United Way and local Kentucky organizations in storm-affected areas.

Casey’s announced it will be collecting donations for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief at the register via the “round up” function in all stores in these six states through December 31. Casey’s also is donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross and sending a truckload of water to the impacted area.

Thirty-seven employees from West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee are traveling to Kentucky and Tennessee to help with recovery efforts from the tornadoes, reports WHO. The company is also sending 10 semitrucks filled with snacks and water, six disaster recovery pick-up trucks and three SUVS, along with a command center.

Nickolas' Corner, located in Bremen, Kentucky, opened its doors on Sunday when it would normally be closed. The owners decided to open because it is the closest place for gas in the small town. Regulars sat in booths against the wall, drinking coffee, and volunteers from all around stopped for gas.

The NACS Foundation Response Relief program partners with the American Red Cross to support the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross and spotlights our industry’s important role in supporting local heroes and the communities we serve. You can donate to the American Red Cross here.