WAWA, Pa.—Since October 4, Wawa customers across its operating area have donated more than $130,000 to the American Red Cross by rounding up their purchases at checkout by $1, $3 or $5 to support the in-store crisis campaign to provide disaster relief assistance to those communities most affected by Hurricane Ian.
The Wawa Foundation will be matching the first $250,000 in customer contributions to the campaign.
“The Wawa Foundation has always had a strong commitment to providing crisis response and assisting those in need, and we’ve been partnering with the American Red Cross in these kinds of efforts for decades. We are proud to match customer donations up to $250,000 to show our dedication to, and support for, this critical need,” said Jay Culotta, president of The Wawa Foundation.
The campaign will run until Sunday, October 16, in all of Wawa’s more than 970 stores throughout Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. All donations made through The Wawa Foundation’s campaign will be donated to the Red Cross and will be designated specifically for Hurricane Ian disaster relief efforts. These funds will be used to help the Red Cross provide immediate and vital support to those communities suffering from the effects of Hurricane Ian.
“All of us at Wawa are committed to helping our Florida friends and neighbors during this time of need. Wawa has been in Florida for 10 years now and, as a member of this community, we are taking a number of steps to help with storm recovery efforts,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s CEO.
Beyond Wawa and customer support through the Red Cross, Wawa also made a $500,000 donation to the Florida Disaster Fund to help aid in recovery efforts. The Florida Disaster Fund is the state of Florida’s official private fund established to provide financial assistance to communities as they respond to and recover from times of emergency or disaster. Those interested in contributing can visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.