Stripes Convenience Stores continues fundraising support of Texas 4-H

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation and Stripes Convenience Stores are set to begin the third year of their 4-H fundraising alliance involving Stripes stores in three states, according to a Texas 4-H official.

From Sept. 3-30, Stripes Convenience Stores in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico will again be participating in a coordinated fundraiser to benefit 4-H. In Texas, stores in more than 55 counties will be participating. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The fundraising effort, known as “Helping Today’s Kids Become Tomorrow’s Leaders,” will run from Sept. 3–30, said Jana Barrett, Texas 4-H Foundation development relations coordinator at College Station.

“The Texas 4-H Foundation is excited about the continuation of this program, which raised more than $210,000 for the 4-H programs in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico in its first two years,” Barrett said.

She said people may participate by stopping in at one of over 200 participating Stripes store locations throughout these three states, and buying a 4-H clover cutout or ‘mobile’ for one dollar.

“All the proceeds from the mobiles sold will be donated to the local county 4-H program in the city where the purchase was made,” she said “The more clovers sold, the more funds go to the county.”

Participating stores are located in more than 55 counties throughout Texas, as well as a total of eight additional counties in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

The 4-H program is part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and is offered to both rural and urban youth ages 5-18 in all 254 Texas counties. Currently, there are more than 62,000 4-H club members statewide, with more than 650,000 Texas youth participating in 4-H and youth development programs and activities annually. 4-H offers programs and activities related to science, technology, health, nutrition, communications, photography, agriculture, leadership, citizenship, character development and more.

Those who purchase a clover will receive a coupon for a free 12-ounce Slush Monkey and special buy-one-get-one-free pricing on a Nestle non-chocolate candy item.

“Mobile campaigns such as this are important to Stripes, because of their ability to create a direct company partnership with customers to raise funds for deserving causes,” Barrett said. “Stripes focuses its charitable efforts exclusively on programs designed to enhance the health and education of youth residing in the communities served by the company.”

Barrett said Stripes has supported many organizations over the years on a company-wide level. According to information from Stripes, since 2004 the company has given more than $6.8 million “in support of hospitals, schools and other community programs through longtime partners such as Children’s Miracle Network, March of Dimes, South Texas Academic Rising Scholars, 4-H and the United Way.”

For more information contact Barrett at 979-845-1213 or texas4hfoundation@ag.tamu.edu . A list of participating Stripes stores can be found at www.Texas4hfoundation.org under the Stripes Alliance tab.

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