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Be prepared for a weekend run on USA Today newspapers.
In response to the nationwide shortage of American flags, 7-Eleven, Inc. and USA Today have come together to provide a full-page, color replica of Old Glory in today's edition of USA Today.
According to Jim Keyes, president and CEO of the 5,700 store chain, said the flag is available to readers and is suitable for hanging at home, posting at work or displaying in windows.
"Because of the current demand for flags, we wanted USA Today readers to have the opportunity to display the American flag with pride," Keyes said. "Our employees and customers are looking for ways to show their patriotism, and so we are pleased to partner with USA Today to offer this public service."
The printed flag will be in the Sept. 21-23 edition of USA Today. The two companies hope to meet some of the demand for American flags and have chosen to run the image of the Stars and Stripes on Friday, the newspaper's highest circulation day.
"We're proud to partner with 7-Eleven in offering this opportunity for the public to show their patriotism and pride in America," said Tom Curley, president and publisher of USA Today.
USA Today has an average daily circulation of 2.3 million readers and is available at all 7-Eleven stores across the nation.
7-Eleven stores are also authorized American Red Cross drop-off locations for monetary donations to the relief efforts. As part of its in-store canister campaign, 7-Eleven stores will give away red, white and blue unity ribbons, while supplies last.