Circle K Launches Benefit

HOUSTON -- Customers at Circle K and Kicks 66 stores across the country can expect a snowy benefit effort through the end of the year, officials of the Phoenix-based convenience store retailing arm of ConocoPhillips Inc. said yesterday.

The 18th annual holiday donation program drifts into Circle K and Kicks 66 stores to raise money for United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the independence of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

This program encourages customers to donate to UCP in exchange for recognition on a paper holiday snowflake provided by Miller Brewing Co. This year's two-sided wall decoration features the opportunity to donate at the $1 level or the "Gold Sponsor of UCP" level for a $5 donation. Each personalized snowflake will be displayed on Circle K and Kicks 66 walls and will also be hung from ceilings through the end of the year.

More than 450,000 UCP snowflake ornaments are expected to accumulate at Circle K and Kicks 66 stores during this year's holiday season. "Circle K and Kicks 66 store employees and customers have been successful in raising more than $425,000 during this promotional fundraiser in the past while demonstrating an overwhelming dedication and generosity toward the community," said Mick Parker, company operations manager for ConocoPhillips, which owns the Circle K and Kicks 66 brands.