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    Conoco Aids Disaster Relief

    Chairman shuts corporate office to allow employees help flood victims.

    Conoco Inc., which operates more than 350 Food Marts and breakplace convenience stores, will close its corporate in Houston on Friday to allow employees to spend the day helping Houstonians affected by the city's worst floods in more than a century.

    Archie Dunham, Conoco chairman and CEO, declared Friday and Saturday a "Weekend of Caring" for all company employees, retirees, on-site contractors, their families and friends.

    "While we've donated $100,000 to Red Cross relief efforts and committed to matching employee contributions, more is needed," Dunham said. "Observing the devastation and loss experienced by thousands of Houston families made us realize money isn't enough. We needed a mechanism for employees to become personally involved in helping people restore their lives."

    Conoco has 2,400 employees, 800 contractors and hundreds of retirees in Houston. The employees will receive Friday off with pay.

    "It's times like this that our true spirit shines, and I'm confident that the Conoco family will go to extraordinary efforts to help those in need," Dunham said.

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