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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- First Coast Energy contributed $108,012 to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides unrestricted gifts to families of military personnel who have died or been seriously injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, the company announced.
The money was raised between June 3 and July 5, during which time the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company donated a portion of the proceeds from each gallon of gas purchased at 80 area Shell stations, as well as all proceeds from the sale of commemorative T-shirts, wristbands and bumper stickers to the fund. The community also contributed monetary donations.
Company president and CEO Aubrey Edge presented the check July 18 to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Board Member Terri Seifert, whose husband died in Kuwait in March 2003.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides unrestricted gifts of $10,000 to each dependent family, and an additional $5,000 per child to help families through immediate or long-term financial difficulties. While the Armed Forces provide some benefits, many of the financial needs these families face demand immediate help. The fund is supported entirely by donations.
First Coast Energy owns and operates 150 service stations and convenience stores throughout Florida, the majority of which are Shell stations in Northeast Florida.