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Sheetz supports kids

Sheetz For the Kidz, an employee-driven charity supporting underprivileged children, raised $634,069 during its annual month of in-store fundraising in July.

“We are deeply grateful for our customers’ tremendous generosity,” said Sarah Piper, executive director of Sheetz For the Kidz, in a statement. “Thanks to their donations, Sheetz For the Kidz will be able to make the upcoming holiday season brighter for thousands of children and families in need.”

With 100 percent of all donations directly supporting local children, Sheetz For the Kidz provides children in need the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with gifts such as new toys, clothes and other basic needs.

Working with the Salvation Army to receive wish lists from local families, Sheetz employees shop, wrap and host holiday parties for the children and their families. Last year, more than $1.6 million was distributed, making the holiday season brighter for more than 9,500 children in the six states Sheetz operates.


SFU sets business planning seminars

The Saint Francis University Small Business Development Center has scheduled two pre-business planning seminars for September.

The free seminar is for people who are interested in opening and operating their own business.

Topics to be discussed are feasibility issues, marketing, recordkeeping, business plans, legal issues, regulations/taxes and financing.

Seminars will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, 203 S. Juliana St., Bedford, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at the SBDC, 2299 Manor Drive, Loretto.

Pre-registration is required for the seminar 48 hours prior to scheduled date. Interested people may contact the SBDC at 472-3200 or register online at www.francis.edu/SBDC-Workshops.


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