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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--Coulson Oil Company, a supplier of gasoline and diesel fuel, donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina, with the help of its employees and dealer network, according to the company.
Approximately 200 convenience store owners who make up the Coulson Oil dealer network were each asked to contribute funds from their corporate accounts. In turn, Coulson Oil matched the dealers’ donations dollar-for-dollar. Coulson employees were asked to join in, and the money they contributed was also matched by the company.
All of the checks and the Coulson Oil matching donation, were presented to the local chapter of the Red Cross, specifically for its Hurricane Katrina Relief fund.
"I’m very grateful to all our dealers and our Coulson employees, for helping raise this $50,000," said Mike Coulson, president of Coulson Oil. "So many thousands of people still find themselves in the position of having to rebuild their lives. That is a tremendous challenge to overcome in the face of the losses these individuals and families have encountered. We felt it important to come together as a corporate family and do what we could to show our neighbors in the Gulf states that we are behind them."
The monetary donation is not the only support Coulson Oil has given in assisting areas affected by Katrina. Soon after the devastation occurred, Coulson sent one of its drivers and fuel tankers to help a local oil company in Louisiana make emergency fuel deliveries.
In a two-week period, Coulson Oil helped move approximately 378,000 gallons of fuel to plants in five Louisiana markets. From there, local delivery companies were able to move the needed gasoline and diesel to stations throughout the area. The availability of fuel helped utility workers and key assistance agencies be able to get to where they were needed the most.
Coulson Oil Company provides gasoline and diesel fuel to independent convenience stores in Arkansas and Tennessee . The company represents major fuel brands including Shell, ConocoPhillips and Valero and also operates a buying cooperative, representing almost 100 vendors and products, for participating dealers under the Superstop brand.