Annual event celebrates first responders, medical and emergency professionals and Red Cross volunteers and raises funds for the American Red Cross
(Fort Worth, Texas – July 8, 2022)– Yesway, one of the country’s fastest growing convenience store chains, with stores located in Texas, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, is celebrating hometown heroes and joining other convenience retailers and suppliers across the United States to celebrate 24/7 Day.
Held annually on July 24, 24/7 Day recognizes first responders, medical and emergency professionals, and Red Cross volunteers who work to serve their communities around the clock. The annual event, hosted by the NACS Foundation, helps raise awareness and donations for the urgent humanitarian needs of the Red Cross and spotlights the convenience store industry’s important role in supporting hometown heroes.
Convenience stores are essential community stores. 93% of Americans live within 10 minutes of one of America’s 148,000-plus convenience stores. Cumulatively, the industry serves approximately 165 million customers per day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country, and donates more than $1 billion a year to charitable causes.
Yesway is supporting this year’s 24/7 Day at its Yesway and Allsup’s store locations by offering a free any size dispensed beverage and a Core 30.4 oz. water for $1.00 to police, fire, EMTs, doctors, nurses, health practitioners, Red Cross volunteers, and 911 professionals in uniform or with a badge on Sunday, July 24, 2022.
Yesway also encourages community members to take part in this day by sharing real stories and appreciation for hometown heroes on social media using the hashtag #WeHeartHeroes.
“At Yesway, we believe that we have a duty to support the communities we serve,” said Tom Trkla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yesway. “We are proud to join with the NACS Foundation and our c-store industry colleagues to celebrate 24/7 Day. We are grateful for all of those who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens and communities every day. Every community has its share of these true difference makers, and we want to acknowledge and support them and the terrific work they are doing. On behalf of everyone at Yesway and Allsup’s, we would like to thank our hometown heroes on 24/7 Day 2022.”
People are impacted by emergencies every day, including the communities that Yesway and Allsup’s serve:
- On average, more than 30,000 people a day receive assistance from the Red Cross, whether they need lifesaving blood, relief after a disaster, support with the challenges of military life, training in skills that save lives, or international humanitarian aid.
- Every Red Cross donation helps change lives, and an average of 90 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in delivering care and comfort to those in need.
“Each day, families rely on community heroes for support during disasters and other crises,” said Don Herring, chief development officer for the American Red Cross. “That’s why we are grateful for this partnership to help ensure people don’t face emergencies alone. We hope others will join us on 24/7 Day, along with the NACS Foundation, to support this work and to thank our local heroes who help when it’s needed most.”
“The NACS Foundation is proud to partner with Yesway/Allsup’s to support the American Red Cross, its volunteers and the first responders who support our communities every day,” said Stephanie Sikorski, executive director of the NACS Foundation.
“Convenience stores are the first supporters to first responders, serving as the only locations that remain open in a crisis to ensure fuel, food and other necessities are available for emergency workers and customers as they return to normalcy,” said Sikorski, “That’s why the NACS Foundation honors first responders and is committed to amplifying our industry’s reach and impact of its charitable efforts in the communities they serve, 24/7.”
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About Yesway – Yesway is one of the fastest-growing convenience store operators in the United States. Established in 2015, Yesway is a multi-branded platform that acquires, transforms, and enhances portfolios of convenience stores by leveraging expertise in real estate and technology, and by implementing data-driven decision making. Yesway has recently been named the “2021 Convenience Store Chain of the Year” by CStore Decisions and is currently ranked #21 on the “2022 CSP Top 202 Chains” list by total portfolio size. Yesway ranked #2 in year-over-year relative store growth on the Convenience Store News “2020 Top 20 Growth Chains” list and its CEO has been named a “CSP 2020 Power 20 Deal Maker.” Yesway’s portfolio currently consists of 405 stores located in Texas, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, including the Allsup’s Convenience Store chain. www.yesway.com
About NACS Foundation – NACS Foundation is the 501(c)3 charitable arm of NACS, the industry association dedicated to advancing convenience and fuel retailing. In partnership with fuel retail, convenience, and suppliers across the U.S., the NACS Foundation supports the philanthropic and charitable activities of the industry. To learn more, visit conveniencecares.org, or visit us on Facebook at @TheNACSFoundation and Twitter at @NACS_Foundation.
About American Red Cross – The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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