Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stripes Supports Programs for Children

CORPUS CHRISTI — The United Way of the Coastal of the Bend wants to better local children’s lives. Stripes gave more than $68,000 on Tuesday to help make that happen.

Stripes charitable contributions focus on efforts designed to enhance the health and education of youth residing in the communities served by the company.  

“United Way is focusing on three areas: education, income and health,” said Catrina Wilson, United Way president and CEO. “We believe those are the real building blocks for a good life.”

The donation will benefit more than 17,000 Coastal Bend children in about 20 non-profit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Corpus Christi, Bethune Day Care Nursery and the YMCA of the Coastal Bend.

Funds were raised through Stripes’ annual Turf & Surf Golf and Fishing tournament. The event raised more than $300,000, which will go to the 30 United Way organizations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico where Stripes has stores.

In addition to their contribution to United Way, earlier this month, Stripes committed a minimum of $1 million to Driscoll Children's Hospital to support the Stripes Child Life Program.  At least $200,000 annually will be given to the hospital over the next five years.  This year, officials are expecting to donate more than $300,000.  

“Our heart of charitable giving is for the kids,” said Steven DeSutter, Stripes president and CEO. “Their education and their health. Children are our future.”

Stripes' multi-level involvement in the community is a great paradigm for other businesses.  Their tailored giving policy — spreading out the donation over a period of time — serves as a reminder that it's not necessarily how or how much you give, but that you give, that makes a difference.  

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