ALTOONA, Pa., Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past 23 years Sheetz Family Charities has set out to make the holiday season brighter for children in PA, MD, OH, WV, VA and NC. Sheetz Family Charities is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds through in-store donations, proceeds from Sheetz bottled water sales and the Annual "For the Kidz" Golf Classic, as well as, other fundraising events throughout the year.
This year, the program will host "For the Kidz" holiday parties for more than 8,000 underprivileged kids across the East Coast in partnership with the Salvation Army. At the parties, Santa will greet the children and present them with new toys, clothes and other basic needs purchased specifically for them. The children and their families will enjoy food, crafts, games and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa.
This marks the 10th consecutive year of Sheetz Family Charities joining with Make-A-Wish to sponsor families of seriously ill children so they can experience a weeklong dream vacation in Orlando, Florida. Forty-eight families will enjoy a free vacation at Give Kids the World Village, a 70-acre, non-profit storybook resort designed to provide special facilities for seriously ill children and their families while taking in the Disney vacation of their dreams.
"This Christmas we look forward to providing support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need in our local communities," said Executive Vice President of Operations Travis Sheetz. "Through the generosity of our loyal customers, the support of our employees and assistance from our generous partners, Sheetz For the Kidz will turn this holiday season into an amazing time for thousands of children."
Since its beginning in 1992, Sheetz Family Charities has raised more than $18 million and helped more than 85,000 individuals.
About Sheetz Family Charities
The Sheetz Family Charities is a non-profit organization, designated as a 501(c) (3) charity, independent of the Sheetz Corporation. The organization was created in 1992 by local store employees wanting to help local children. The mission of the charity is to provide support, hope, joy and happiness to children in need within the communities in which Sheetz operates. To date, the charity has raised more than $18 million and helped more than 85,000 children!
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