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ALTOONA, Pa. -- Convenience store operator Sheetz Inc. made the holidays bright for the Chambersburg, Pa., division of the Salvation Army, when it recently donated a former convenience store and property to the chapter, which already occupies an adjacent building, the company stated.
"As Chairman of the Advisory Board, I want to commend and thank the Sheetz Corp. for their generosity to the Franklin County Salvation Army Corps," Elaine Meyers, chairman of the Chambersburg Salvation Army Advisory Board, said in a statement. "The addition of this property will give us the opportunity to more efficiently provide services to the Franklin County communities."
The gift will double the organization's existing property size, giving it office space, the potential for a thrift store and additional parking, according to the company. The Sheetz property includes a quarter-acre lot and 3,600-square-foot building.
"This move will benefit every aspect of our ministry and service to the community by helping us to cut significant property leasing costs from our current budget, allowing those funds to be better used for service to our less fortunate neighbors," Major John Brooks, commanding officer of the Chambersburg Salvation Army, said in a statement.
The relationship between Sheetz and the Salvation Army dates back to the early 90s when Sheetz began its Sheetz Family Christmas charity. Through the program, each year, Sheetz employees raise funds to provide Christmas presents to local needy children, the company stated.
"We have always been a steadfast supporter of Sheetz and the Sheetz Family Christmas program," Wayne Henry of the Chambersburg Salvation Army Advisory Board, said in a statement. "Now they have provided a major opportunity for The Chambersburg Salvation Army to better serve the ever increasing needs of those less fortunate in our Franklin County community."
"We have been partners with the Salvation Army for a long time and we're very happy to be able to help them continue to serve the people of Chambersburg," Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz, said in a statement. "Sheetz has been a part of the Chambersburg community since 1979. We've made a commitment to the people there and the activities that are important to them. This donation is simply an extension of that commitment."