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    Sheetz Continues Holiday Tradition

    Partnership with the Salvation Army raises more than $2 million for needy families.

    ALTOONA, Pa. -- For the past 10 years, Sheetz employees have partnered with the Salvation Army to help needy families during the holidays.

    This year, employees and volunteers raised more than $300,000 -- a record amount -- pushing the total fundraising efforts for the program over the $2 million mark.

    As part of the Sheetz Family Christmas program, the money is used to treat more than 2,800 children throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia to a shopping spree -- buying toys and warm clothing for Christmas.

    Sheetz works with local Salvation Army units in each of its markets to identify deserving children. The families' stories are all different -- some live on limited incomes with sick children, others are recovering abuse victims or have fallen on hard times.

    Employees from all 270 Sheetz store locations worked throughout the year to raise money for the Sheetz Family Christmas program through such events as car washes, bake sales, raffles, and corporate-wide donations.

    According to Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of the Altoona, Pa.-based chain, members from throughout the community work together to help make Sheetz Family Christmas a success each year.

    "We see this as an opportunity to be involved with the community in a positive way, helping those who are truly in need," Sheetz said. "It makes you realize that there are people who aren't as fortunate as a lot of us are."

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