DALLAS, Nov. 9, 2011 // PRNewswire // --This Veteran's Day 7-Eleven, Inc. is saluting active, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel and their families with free, small Slurpee® drinks between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 11, qualifying customers will just need to present proof of current or former U.S. military service during those hours to receive a free Slurpee drink. Accompanying family members also will receive the free beverage.
The eight-hour Slurpee salute is the centerpiece of the month-long Operation: Thank You campaign, which enlists 7-Eleven customers to show their support for U.S. troops by adding a $1 donation to the USO (United Service Organizations) when they check out at participating 7-Eleven® stores. Donated funds will go toward USO care packages given to U.S. troops serving overseas. Each care package includes products like beef jerky, trail mix, toiletries and an AT&T phone card.
"November has two very important American holidays – Veterans' Day and Thanksgiving," said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven CEO and West Point graduate who served as an officer in the U.S. Army. "And with this year's Veteran's Day falling on 11/11/11, the timing seemed perfect to say thank-you to the men and women serving our great country. For those who are here, we can say thank-you with a free Slurpee. For those serving, we hope to raise enough funds to help the USO distribute 40,000 care packages."
"The USO strives every day to lift the spirits of troops and their families, and this campaign does just that," said USO senior vice president and chief development officer Kelli Seely. "Not only do our brave service men and women get treated to a popular drink, but 7-Eleven is also giving customers an easy way to show their gratitude for our nation's heroes by supporting a program like USO Operation Care Package, which provides troops with items they say they need the most. It's a small, but yet meaningful gift for those who make such a big sacrifice for our country."
For each $1 contribution, 7-Eleven customers will receive a USO thank-you card to post at the store. The card has a space to add the name of a friend or family member who is serving or has served in the military, and a tear-off coupon for a free glazed donut or taquito (depending on where the store is located) with the purchase of any size cup of coffee. Coupons can be redeemed between Nov. 21 and Dec. 31, 2011.
For troops and their families stationed at 10 U.S. military bases, 7-Eleven has planned a special treat. Slurpee-mobiles will take America's favorite frozen carbonated drink to them during visits between Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 to the following locations:
7-Eleven has been recognized as a military-friendly company, cited again this year by G.I. Jobs magazine as one of the Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers. Ranked third on the list, 7-Eleven was the only food retailer included.
In 2009, the company introduced a military veterans' franchise program offering discounted franchise fees to honorably-discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Qualified veterans who become new 7-Eleven franchisees receive a 10-percent discount on the franchise fee for the first store they franchise. This discount can range from $1,000 up to approximately $35,000, depending on the store. Since the program launched, 22 veterans have become 7-Eleven franchisees. Another 17 have applied to become new franchisees. These new business owners have served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marines.
The USO is the country's largest and best-known charity supporting U.S. military. In addition to their world renowned celebrity entertainment shows for troops, the USO provides many other vital services for military personnel and their families, including newcomer briefings for troops and family members, family crisis counseling, support groups for families separated by deployments, more than 160 locations that offer touches of home, housing assistance and special programs like Operation Care Package and Operation Phone Home.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses close to 8,900 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are approximately 43,500 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2010, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales close to $63 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Forbes magazine's 2011 list of Top Franchises for the Money; #4 spot on Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list for 2009, #3 in Forbes magazine's Top 20 Franchises to Start, and #2 in Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven in its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven received the 2010 Retailer of the Year honor from PL Buyer because of the company's private-label brand initiative. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors. In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President's Circle Partners: American Airlines and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Procter & Gamble. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit http://www.uso.org.
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