Spotlight on Community Services: Casey’s, Cubby’s, EG America, Love’s & Pilot

About 20 veterans die by suicide every day. The generosity of the GATE Foundation will help K9s For Warriors save more lives and ease the financial burden of rescuing and training a service dog, which costs $25,000.

The GATE Foundation is dedicated to giving back and serving the neighbors and communities that support its operations. GATE strives to bring positive change to every neighborhood in which it is located.

“We are so grateful to our customers for their generosity and support of this campaign,” said Kathy Brady, Executive Director of the GATE Foundation. “K9 For Warriors offers our Warriors a way to heal and come out of their darkest place. It’s an honor to support their work.”

Funds raised through this campaign will help Warriors, especially from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, graduate for free through the program.

The GATE Foundation and its customers also raised $55,000 for the Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL is a non-profit organization that enriches the lives of children by creating positive relationships between law enforcement and youth in our community through educational, athletic and leadership programs. Donations will be distributed to local PAL organizations in the communities where they were raised.

“We are so grateful to our customers for their generosity throughout this campaign,” Brady said. “The financial resources we have provided allow PAL to provide even more services and programs to children in the area. It is an honor to support the work of this group of first responders.”

The funds were collected from July 1 to December 31, 2021, through GATE’s coin box campaign and charity collection option. Coin collection boxes have been placed in checkouts at all GATE stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Customers could also choose to round their in-store transaction totals to the nearest dollar, with the difference going to the Police Athletic League donation.

Stops on the journey of love

Love’s Travel Stops’ annual Share the Love event grew this year with the combined donation of $100,000 to 10 nonprofit organizations across the country on behalf of its more than 35,000 employees. Additionally, on Valentine’s Day, company employees volunteered at organizations in Oklahoma City, where its offices are located.

Jill E. Washington