May 23, 2013
C-store Industry Rallies in Support of Oklahoma Tornado Victims
MOORE, Okla.-- Several convenience store chains have pledged to help the rebuilding efforts following the devastating tornado that killed 24 people in the town of Moore, Okla., earlier this week.
The tornado was categorized as an EF5 on the Fujita Scale and registered 210-mile-per-hour winds. As CSNews Online reported, the tornado destroyed a local 7-Eleven Inc. store.
One of the c-store retailers stepping up to help in long-term relief efforts is Oklahoma City-based Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, which pledged $3 million. The first $1 million will be designated to the OK Strong Relief Fund established by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. The fund was created in partnership with the United Way of Oklahoma and will meet the long-term needs of victims.
The operator of more than 300 travel stops, including 63 in Oklahoma, will donate an additional $500,000 to Catholic Charities and the remaining $1.5 million will fund a benefit event to honor those impacted by the storm and to raise additional relief funds.
"Our company has been engrained in the fabric of Oklahoma since 1964," said Tom Love, chairman and CEO of Love's. "Our hearts are saddened by the news of this tragedy affecting so many of our friends and neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and all those impacted by this horrific event."
Other c-store chains doing their part to support the relief efforts are:
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