CHICAGO — The community service roundup for June features the efforts of three convenience-store chains and two suppliers. This month’s roundup includes a school donation, relief for Ukraine and more.
Check out the donations and contributions to the community …
MAPCO, Franklin, Tenn., donated $5,000 to Columbia Central High School in celebration of its store opening in Columbia, Tenn. The donation will help fund the Columbia Lions’ Athletic Department. The school’s marching band and cheerleading team rounded out the celebration with an on-site performance.
The new 5,600 square-foot store will be the first to include a cash-accepting self-checkout option for guests, along with an in-store Pizza Hut Express. The store also offers an expanded selection of snacks and refreshments.
Ballston Spa, N.Y.-based Stewarts Shops held its Give a Pint, Get a Pint program and treated Red Cross blood donors to a free pint of ice cream.
Donors at blood drives in 26 counties across Upstate New York received vouchers for a free pint of Stewart’s Shop’s ice cream or gelato. The program is in its seventh year.
The Wills Group
The Wills Group, owner of Dash In, based in La Plata, Md., dedicated the newly renovated Phoenix Run Park in Maryland alongside Phoenix Park community members and officials. The neglected park was transformed and now includes art-inspired basketball courts, walking paths, landscaping and seating areas.
“The Wills Group is proud to be part of a collective effort to create a community space that is vibrant and welcoming for children and families,” said Julian B. Wills III, president and chief operating officer of the Wills Group. “This project represents our renewed commitment to reimagining outdoor spaces with and for our local communities and highlights what can happen when we work together to create what’s possible to strengthen our communities.”
Phoenix Run Park is part of the Wills Group’s ongoing commitment to community engagement. As part of this effort, the Wills Group collaborates with organizations and communities to envision and bring to life reimagined community spaces inspired by the Wills Group’s commitment to reimagining Dash In store locations.
The Kind Foundation, New York, teamed up with other organizations for the Impact Food Project to deliver high-demand nonperishable food and hygiene products to those in need at the border of Ukraine.
The other organizations that are part of the #FrontlineImpactforUkraine campaign include Harry's Inc., Kate Farms and Saffron Road.
Beast Philanthropy is another partnering organization and has helped secure transportation to deliver the large-scale shipments, while the #FrontlineImpactforUkraine initiative has spearheaded donations from its community of companies, including 3,600 ready-to-eat meals from Saffron Road, more than 450,000 Kind bars, 275,000 shaving and personal care kits from Harry's Inc. and more than 50,000 plant-based nutrition shakes from Kate Farms.
Vans Kitchen, Dallas, Texas, donated 100,000 egg rolls, equivalent to more than 50,000 meals, to North Texas Food Bank. A portion of the company's June egg roll proceeds also went to Van’s Kitchen’s charity partners—Van’s Cares Fund and No Kid Hungry.
Van’s Kitchen founded National Egg Roll Day in 2019 to honor the company’s founding by Van and Kim Nguyen in 1986.