Love's Donates $150,000 to United Way for Disaster Relief

Funds help tornado victims in Missouri, Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. has announced that it will donate $150,000 to local chapters of the United Way to help Joplin, Mo., and communities throughout Oklahoma recover and rebuild from recent devastating tornadoes.

(Click here for [image-nocss] previous CSP Daily News coverage of the Joplin tornado's effect on local c-stores and employees.)

Oklahoma City-based Love's will assist with the immediate need in Joplin after being hit with one of the deadliest storms in history.

Love's home state of Oklahoma was also recently hit with tornadoes, causing damage throughout the state and in several communities Love's serves.

"Our hearts go out to those who were affected by these tornadoes. Love's has been impacted by tornadoes in our history, so we know what it's like to rebuild," said Tom Love, chairman and CEO. "We are fortunate to be able to make this contribution. I am proud of our employees who stepped up during this time of disaster and helped people in great need."

The Love's located in Joplin remained open during the storms. The store donated batteries and flashlights to a local hospital that was directly hit by a tornado. It also donated water to a community shelter.

Love's donation will be directed toward two United Way agencies. Heart of Missouri United Way will receive $100,000. United Way of Central Oklahoma will receive $50,000.

Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love's remains entirely family owned and operated. With more than 265 locations and 90 tire care centers in 39 states, Love's approximate growth rate is 20 stores per year.

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