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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Kum & Go convenience stores helped pay for holiday meals for the needy when it presented Springfield Victory Mission with a check for $18,000 yesterday, according to a report in the News-Leader.
Kum & Go customers who purchased $1 cardboard turkeys contributed more than $16,000 of the donation, the retailer noted in a press release. The cardboard turkey sales promotion, held during the three weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, has raised more than $56,000 this year.
The check was presented at the Kum & Go store at 3416 S. National Ave. here. That location collected more than 7,000 $1 donations.
Elsewhere, Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., presented Irving Cares with a $50,000 grant in support of the nonprofit organization's work with Irving, Texas, residents in need of employment services, food and financial assistance. Irving Cares is the fourth nonprofit organization to receive ExxonMobil's annual Chairman's Gift.
"Irving Cares is making a marked difference for our neighbors in need and it is an honor to award such a deserving recipient with the Chairman's Gift," Tillerson said in a ceremony at Irving Cares. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with Irving Cares as they help residents during the holiday season and beyond."
Irving Cares provides a food pantry, emergency assistance with rent, utilities and prescriptions, and transportation to medical facilities for Irving residents experiencing financial hardship. Due to the economic decline, client requests at Irving Cares have increased at least 20 percent in every program as families struggle with reduced wages and unemployment.
Tillerson established the Chairman's Gift in 2006 to provide a local nonprofit organization with a donation during the holiday season. Since the gift's inception, Tillerson has selected St. Philip's School and Community Center, Lena Pope Home, Vogel Alcove and Irving Cares as recipients.
In addition to its selection as this year's Chairman's Gift recipient, Irving Cares has been previously supported by ExxonMobil and its employees through United Way Day of Caring projects and the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, which places college interns with qualifying nonprofit organizations each summer.
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