Convenience Industry Steps Up for Disaster Relief

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Convenience Industry Steps Up for Disaster Relief


JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Several industry companies are stepping up to the plate to provide assistance to those affected by the tornado tragedy in Joplin, Mo. ConocoPhillips announced it will donate $500,000 to the American Red Cross to help those suffering from the Joplin tornado. The petroleum company will go even further by matching, dollar-for-dollar, donations made by its employees.

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores will donate $150,000 to local chapters of the United Way to help those in Joplin, Mo., and surrounding communities. Love's will donate $100,000 to Heart of Missouri United Way and $50,000 to United Way of Central Oklahoma, which is Love's home state.

Love's store in Joplin remained open during the storms. The store donated batteries and flashlights to a local hospital and water to a community shelter.

Kum & Go also is accepting $1 donations from customers, which can be added on to their sale, through June 5. All money raised will go toward Missouri tornado relief.

Meanwhile, the CHS Foundation and CHS Inc. employees raised $84,505 to assist in relief for the tsunami in Japan. The money will go to the Cooperative Development Foundation and the American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund in support of Japanese tsunami relief efforts.