Sheetz charity raises more than $700,000

Sheetz For the Kidz has raised more than $700,821 during its annual December campaign through customer donations.

This is a record for the Sheetz employee-driven charity and exceeds last year’s total by more than $82,000. Each year, 100 percent of customer donations are used to directly support Sheetz For the Kidz programs.

With a December total of $10,455, Sheetz store No. 503 in North Huntingdon was the top fundraiser. A customer and employee appreciation event will be held at the store later this month.

“Every year, we have Sheetz customers to thank for their loyalty and generous contributions during the campaign,” said Sarah Piper, executive director of Sheetz For the Kidz in a statement. “This fundraising initiative allowed us to brighten the holidays for families who needed it most.”

Throughout the 2018 holiday season, Sheetz For the Kidz supported about 9,500 children — amounting to 16 children from each of Sheetz’s 585 stores.

Sheetz For the Kidz worked with the Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Sheetz employees then volunteered their time to shop, wrap and host holiday parties for the children and their families.

There are many ways customers can support Sheetz For the Kidz throughout the year:

— Purchase Sheetz For the Kidz water — 25 cents of every bottle sold supports the charity.

— Purchase a two-pack of Sheetz For the Kidz Sugared Cookies — 20 cents from each purchase supports the charity.

— Shop on AmazonSmile and select “Sheetz For the Kidz as the charity of your choice. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your purchases to Sheetz For the Kidz.