Wawa, Red Cross Help Hurricane Ian Victims

Also, Sheetz is raising money for the Special Olympics this month.

October 06, 2022

WAWA, Pa.—Wawa and The Wawa Foundation announced the launch of a chainwide, in-store crisis campaign designed to provide disaster relief assistance to those communities most affected by Hurricane Ian. The campaign is in partnership with the American Red Cross and allows customers to contribute to Hurricane Ian disaster relief by adding $1, $3 or $5 to their Wawa purchase at checkout. The Wawa Foundation will be matching the first $250,000 in customer contributions to the campaign.

The campaign will run from Tuesday, October 4, to 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 go to the Red Cross and will be designated specifically for Hurricane Ian disaster relief efforts.

“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.

“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.

Meanwhile, Sheetz is raising money for the Special Olympics during October, reports WBOY. In all of Sheetz’s 660+ locations, donation boxes are located near checkout, and customers can also add a donation to their purchase for the Special Olympics.

Sheetz will match donations up to $60,000, and the donations will go directly toward the Special Olympics chapters located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. The convenience retailer has been a long-time supporter of the Special Olympics, and any time a new Sheetz store opens, the company donates $2,500 to the local Special Olympics chapter.

Sheetz also plans to donate $50,000 to Autism Speaks, which provides resources to people with autism and their families.