American Red Cross and Wawa kick off annual partnership

Wawa stores along East Coast to support Red Cross Disaster Relief

By: Dave Skutnik

For more than 75 years, the month of March has been proclaimed as American Red Cross Month by every U.S. president. And to help the American Red Cross mark this milestone, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are announcing a campaign to support the Red Cross.

From February 22nd through April 11th, Wawa customers can donate their spare change to the Red Cross through the in-store coin collection campaign or round up their in-store purchases to the nearest dollar with the difference also going to the Red Cross.

In addition, Wawa coffee clutches will feature the American Red Cross logo throughout March, reminding customers of the important work the organization does in communities throughout the year.

Red Cross Month is a time to honor the kindness of Red Cross volunteers who aid families in need every day. Their dedication touches millions of lives each year as they carry out the organization’s 140-year mission of preventing and alleviating suffering

“During the trying times of the coronavirus pandemic, Red Cross volunteers have stepped up to help others in need, responding to 2020’s record-breaking disasters,” said Guy Triano, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross in Philadelphia. “We honor their service during Red Cross Month and ask you to support the Wawa campaign to make a difference.”

Local families rely on American Red Cross volunteers for comfort and hope while coping with homes fires and other disasters. Just in the past year, Red Cross volunteers helped thousands of people affected by home fires in the Philadelphia area alone. This lifesaving work is vital to strengthening our community’s resilience.

“The Wawa Foundation is committed to building strong communities and one of our main focuses is to support the heroes who serve our communities every day. We’re pleased to partner with the Red Cross to help them provide lifesaving services and assistance to our friends and neighbors in their greatest times of need,” said Jay Culotta, Board President of The Wawa Foundation.

How You Can Be A Hero

Donating spare change or rounding up your purchase at any Wawa store helps the Red Cross provide hope and urgent relief like food, shelter and other essentials. Donations are key to saving lives because they fund nearly 100 percent of Red Cross disaster relief activities. You can also visit redcross.org/philly to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, register for a class in lifesaving skills like CPR and First Aid, or become a volunteer for opportunities needed in the Philadelphia area.

Primary image description: American Red Cross Philadelphia Regional CEO Guy Triano receives a donation from team members of the Wawa Foundation in summer 2020. Everyone present is wearing a mask and standing in front of a Red Cross Disaster Relief van in front of a local Wawa.

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