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More Retailers and Suppliers Join Hurricane Relief Efforts

NEW YORK -- Sheetz Inc., Marsh Supermarkets and The Pinnacle Corp. are the latest members of the convenience story industry to offer up assistance for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz announced it's begun fundraising by asking customers to donate to the relief efforts through change boxes placed near the cash registers in all its 315 Sheetz c-stores. One hundred percent of the contributions collected will be given to the Red Cross. The company also kicked-off the fundraising effort with a check for $25,000 to the Red Cross.

"Our hearts go out to the families who have been so hard hit by this disaster. We want to do what we can to help," said President and CEO Stan Sheetz.

Marsh, a three-state grocery chain based in Indianapolis, also reported all its stores, including its 160 Village Pantry c-stores, will serve as collection points for financial contributions to the assistance programs being carried out by the American Red Cross. Donation canisters will be available not only at the Village Pantry stores, but also LoBill Food Stores and O'Malia Food Markets, which are separate divisions of the Marsh chain.

Marsh shoppers may add $1 or more to their grocery bill each time they visit a store until September 30th. Additionally, Marsh is donating supplies of non- perishable items to the Red Cross. This is a collaborative effort with Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts and the radio station Q-95. On Thursday, Sept. 8, a live auction will be held on Q-95's nationally syndicated "Bob and Tom Show" to raise funds for the Red Cross.

Meanwhile, Arlington, Texas-based Pinnacle has instituted a program to match all employee donations made to the hurricane relief efforts. Pinnacle will also be making a corporate donation to the American Red Cross, earmarked for those affected by the disaster.
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