Stripes Fundraises For 4-H

Stripes customers can purchase 4-H clover cutouts for a donation that benefits the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation.

Stripes Convenience Stores, in partnership with the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation, is set to begin its fourth year of 4-H fundraising with a promotion this September.

This year’s promotion, “Helping Today’s Kids Become Tomorrow’s Leaders,” is scheduled to run from Sept. 2-15 in Stripes Stores throughout Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, where customers may participate by buying 4-H clover cutouts for a $1 donation that benefits the 4-H organization. Customers who purchase a clover receive a coupon for a free 12-ounce Slush Monkey and receive special buy-one-get-one-free pricing on a Monkey Loco Candy at Stripes, Texas A&M AgriLife Today reported.

“Funds are used to benefit 4-H locally in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico counties where the stores are located,” Jana Barrett, Texas 4-H Foundation development relations coordinator at College Station was quoted as saying. “These funds have been used to help counties with their leadership training efforts, help youth attend leadership camps and present workshops, purchase needed equipment, pay registration expenses for 4-H contest participation, and support various 4-H programs and activities.”

This year, participating stores include all Stripes locations throughout Texas, including the Lower Rio Grande Valley area and newly opened stores within the state, as well as stores in eight additional counties of Oklahoma and New Mexico.

“We want to make this year our biggest 4-H Foundation and Stripes Stores collaborative fundraising year to date, with a goal of $400,000 for what is the nation’s largest youth development organization,” Barrett said.

The Texas 4-H program is administered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, part of the Texas A&M University System.

“Now in our fourth year as a 4-H alliance member, we are really excited about our upcoming campaign,” said Steve DeSutter, Stripes Convenience Stores president and CEO. “With the combined generosity of our customers and the hard work and dedication of our team members we can raise needed funds for these programs which support youth leadership, healthy living, and educational scholarships for local students. We want to make a difference, and we plan to do it one dollar at a time.”

Since 2004, Stripes has given back over $11.1 million to support hospitals, schools and other community programs through its longtime relationship with organizations such as Children’s Miracle Network, March of Dimes, South Texas Academic Rising Scholars, 4-H and the United Way.

Stripes Stores officials said more than $391,000 has been raised for 4-H through this alliance since 2010 and they hope to surpass the half-million dollar mark with the 2013 campaign in September.



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