Thorntons, Louisville, Ky., donated up to $100,000 to support disaster relief charities in communities hit by the tornado, including in the chain’s home state of Kentucky.
From Dec. 14 to Christmas Day, Thorntons donated 10 cents when any size coffee, tea, fountain soda or FrizzFreez purchases were made at Thorntons stores. Funds helped in areas that need resources to recover and rebuild.
A $20,000 contribution from in-store fundraising also went to Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund to aid those affected by the tornadoes.
Tri Star Energy LLC
Tri Star Energy, Nashville, Tenn., donated $5,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts and raised more funds through a holiday fundraiser that took place through the end of the year.
Tri Star, the parent company of Twice Daily convenience stores and White Bison Coffee, also delivered cases of water as needed.
Additionally, Tri Star provided $1,000 in gift cards to an employee with ties in Dawson Springs, Ky., to distribute the community.
Casey's General Stores Inc.
Casey’s General Stores, Ankeny, Iowa, collected donations for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund by allowing customers to roundup their purchases at the register in its c-stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee through Dec. 31.
Casey’s also donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross and sent a truckload of water to the affected area in Kentucky.
Loretta Graham, a district supervisor for Casey’s posted the following message on LinkedIn: I just got back from bringing two truckloads of supplies to the Mayfield, Ky., High School. I am very proud of my family for coming together and contributing diapers, clothes, hygiene products, etc. I am very blessed to be a part of the Casey’s family and for this donation. We were able to feed some of the clean-up crew with Casey’s doughnuts & water. This devastation is unfathomable. But the communities from different areas are coming together to help! Thank you & God Bless!!
Huck's Food & Fuel
Huck’s, Carmi, Ill., donated more than $50,000 to Kentucky’s tornado victims, with donations accepted at the register.
The Martin & Bayley Inc.-operated chain will donate 100% of proceeds to United Way and local Kentucky organizations in storm affected areas.