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    Irving Oil, Sheetz Add to Katrina Relief Effort

    Irving Oil donates $100,000; Sheetz employees forgo reward programs and donate funds to Katrina victims.

    NEW YORK -- In the aftermath of Katrina, Irving Oil announced a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross for the Katrina Relief Effort. The company is also assisting customers who wish to donate locally by placing Red Cross collection boxes in the company's retail sites. Donations are now being accepted on behalf of the Red Cross at Irving Bluecanoe and Mainway stores until Sept. 30.

    "Our thoughts are with everyone who is affected by the hurricane," said Harry Hadiaris, director of Irving's convenience retail operations. "Many of our customers have expressed a desire to help. With our wide distribution of stores, we're pleased to offer another way people can make a contribution."

    In Altoona, Pa., Sheetz Inc. employees elected to give up monies earmarked for annual performance awards and recognition events and donate the funds to help the victims of Katrina.

    “Over the past week, we have received correspondence from Sheetz employees expressing an overwhelming sentiment to do something for the victims of Katrina,” said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO. “The employees wanted to take funds allocated for programs and events designed to reward them for their hard work over the year, and use that money for the relief efforts.”

    Sheetz will send a check for $316,000 (or $1,000 per store) to the Red Cross. The company will also send several trucks loaded with $200,000 worth of food and beverages to Baton Rouge to a center that is feeding 20,000 people a day. Sheetz customers can donate to Katrina relief efforts through change boxes placed in all Sheetz convenience stores.

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