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    Crown Giving Back

    Chain launches fund-raiser to aid victims and families of October's sniper attacks.

    BALTIMORE -- With the memory of the sniper shootings fresh in many minds, an area gas station chain is offering customers a chance to reclaim the pumps -- and help victims' families.

    Crown Central Petroleum Corp. yesterday launched a promotion at 63 Crown stations across Maryland and Virginia that will have the Baltimore-based refiner/marketer donate a penny from every gallon sold to the Victims' Rights Foundation.

    The foundation, which distributed checks just before Thanksgiving to the families of victims killed or wounded in Octobers sniper attacks in the two states, plans to present additional donations before the end of the year, the Associated Press reports.

    A Crown official said the company hopes to raise as much as $30,000 for families in the promotion, which will run through Dec. 29. The promotion was announced at a Crown convenience store at Connecticut and Georgia avenues in Wheaton, Md. just miles from four of the sniper shootings.

    The station manager says it's hard to forget customers crouching by their cars. He says anyone could've been a victim, and this is a chance for the community to come together. No one was shot at a Crown station, but foundation director Greg Wims issued a friendly challenge to other gas companies that did have sniper shootings to make similar donations.

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