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TORONTO -- Mac's Convenience Stores, a subsidiary of Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard, is giving more than $8 million back to Ontario communities this year through its Community Giving Program. The program, funded through the sale of lottery tickets, is one of the largest of its kind in Canada and specifically designed to help charities and non-profit organizations in communities where its stores operate. Each Mac's Convenience Store donates to a different organization within its community -- one store benefits one group -- meaning the charitable proceeds from lottery tickets purchased in a community stay in the community.
This year's funds have benefited thousands of individuals at more than 450 Ontario organizations, ranging from youth athletics, to alcohol awareness, to spinal cord research. Since 1998, the program has contributed in excess of $40 million to more than 450 community organizations.
"Local community support is the lifeblood of our organization. Mac's Convenience Stores is committed to giving back to the places where we do business and our Community Giving Program allows people to make a difference right where they live," said Todd Hayman, director of marketing for Mac's. "Purchasing Nevada Lottery Tickets at a Mac's Convenience Store gives you the chance to win great prizes and makes a winner out of a local charitable or non-profit organization. Our program has been growing since its inception but we want to do even better and raise even more funds for local organizations in need of assistance."
A wide range of Ontario organizations have benefited from Mac's Community Giving Program including larger, established charitable organizations such as Easter Seals and Child Find, and smaller groups like local fire halls and schools.