Longtime Red Cross Supporter 7-Eleven Becomes National Disaster Responder Member

Retailer invites customers to donate to the Red Cross to support Hurricane Florence relief

September 14, 2018 // Franchising.com // IRVING, TEXAS - In its first activation since joining the American Red Cross Disaster Responder program, 7-Eleven, Inc. is raising money to support the relief agency’s efforts as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolina coast.

The convenience retailer is inviting customers to add $1 to their purchase at participating 7-Eleven® stores nationwide or donate online at https://www.7-Eleven.com/hurricane-relief.

Through its 7-Eleven Cares Foundation, 7-Eleven joined the American Red Cross Disaster Responder program earlier this year. Members of the program include leading corporations that donate a minimum of $250,000 annually to provide the highest level of support to American Red Cross preparedness and relief efforts. Year-round support from 7-Eleven helps ensure the Red Cross can act immediately when disasters occur.

“7-Eleven is a 24/7 business, and the customers and neighborhoods we serve count on us to be open and stocked with the products they need most,” said Chris Tanco, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of 7-Eleven, Inc. “That is especially true when disaster strikes. 7-Eleven’s stores in the Carolinas and Virginia will strive to be the last to close and first to open to assist people in impacted areas. Likewise, the world looks to the American Red Cross to respond and provide help to people impacted by disasters as quickly as possible. We understand preparedness, and contributions such as ours are critical to their success.”

The National Weather Service is calling Hurricane Florence “the storm of a lifetime.” In preparation, 7-Eleven stores in and near the hurricane evacuation areas brought in extra truckloads of supplies to help residents.

In the past five years (2012-2017), 7-Eleven has provided more than $700,000 in domestic and international support, helping the Red Cross respond to disasters such as hurricanes along the coast, tornadoes in Texas, wildfires in the West and earthquakes overseas. The company has also provided emergency product donations.

“Ongoing financial support from 7-Eleven and other members of the Disaster Responder Program helps create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance,” said Red Cross Chief Development Officer Don Herring. “Money donated by the public and members of our Disaster Responder Program is essential to our ability to assist disaster survivors and support the first responders and volunteers who work tirelessly at the scene of a disaster.”

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters annually nationwide, including home fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires. Red Cross services are provided to any person in need at no cost.

To make a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit https://www.7-Eleven.com/hurricane-relief, donate at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999. Donations to Disaster Relief enable the Red Cross to people and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small. To learn more about becoming a Red Cross volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.

7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 67,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7-Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7-Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7-Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7-Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossDFW.

SOURCE 7-Eleven

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