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    C-Store Industry Contributes to Hurricane Help

    Chevron donates $5 million; Kroger calls for customer donations.

    SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Oil giant Chevron Corp. announced it's committing $5 million to support recovery efforts in the communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.

    A $3 million contribution to the American Red Cross will support disaster relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi and other affected areas following further analysis of the devastation. The remaining $2 million will go to local charities and relief efforts near Chevron businesses in affected states, as determined by the company.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with our employees and the communities affected by this disaster," said Dave O'Reilly, Chevron chairman and CEO. "We are pleased to partner with the American Red Cross to provide aid and we will be evaluating opportunities to expand relief efforts near our businesses as we learn more about local needs."

    Marty Evans, president and CEO of the American Red Cross, said they are extremely grateful for Chevron's swift response, generosity and compassion.

    "The people of the Gulf Coast have a long and slow recovery ahead," Evans said. “Thanks to Chevron's help, the Red Cross will be able to get help to those who need it, for as long as it's needed."

    The company has also asked affected employees in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to call an 800 number to let the company know their current situations. Chevron Corp. has significant operations in the Gulf of Mexico and its surrounding states.

    Additionally, The Kroger Co. said it will accept donations from customers throughout the month of September to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    Beginning this week, customer donations will be accepted at the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company's more than 3,300 supermarkets, multi-department stores and convenience stores. All monies collected will be forwarded directly to the American Red Cross.

    Kroger also will offer its 289,000 associates a convenient way to help and the company's foundations will match donations from the associates up to a total of $300,000.

    "Our customers and associates have always responded generously to help those in need, particularly when disaster has struck our local communities," said Lynn Marmer, Kroger group vice president of corporate affairs. "Every contribution will help the Red Cross provide emergency assistance to the victims of this devastating storm."

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