Stripes® Stores campaign raises $197,000 for Child Life Program at Driscoll Children’s Hospital


Child Life Specialist Mary Carol Thornton (from left), Child Life Specialist Caitlin Olmstead and 12-year-old Oncology patient JR Lopez accept the Stripes® Stores gift of $197,000.51 on behalf of Driscoll Children’s Hospital during a check presentation Feb. 23, 2021.

Stripes® Stores raised $197,000 through its in-store charitable
fundraising campaign for Driscoll Children’s Hospital to benefit the children
and youth of South Texas.

Due to
COVID-19, the Driscoll Children’s Hospital campaign, which usually takes place
in April, took place in November 2020. The funds benefited Driscoll
Children’s Hospital specialty clinics in Corpus Christi, Victoria, the Rio
Grande Valley, Laredo, Eagle Pass, and Del Rio.

Driscoll’s Child Life Specialists help decrease stress and
anxiety felt by children and families during their hospital experience, which
starts with creating a place just for them. The Stripes Child Life playroom and
teen lounge offer a place for children, teens and families to enjoy a sense of
normalcy. The 12 specialists and four assistants provide procedural support and
often use play as a coping strategy to assist patients. 

“We feel a special connection with the team at Stripes and are
pleased they want to continue their support to the Stripes Child Life Program
at Driscoll Children’s Hospital,” said Lisa Cervantez, Lead Child Life
Specialist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

From
Nov. 4–17, 2020, Stripes stores in South Texas gave customers the opportunity
to donate $1 to raise funds for Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Customers
purchased the $1 paper icon to donate while shopping at Stripes. In return for
Stripes customers’ generosity, each donor received $1 OFF any two bottles of 1L
LIFEWTR® water. 


Twelve-year-old patient JR Lopez accepts the Stripes® Stores gift of $197,000.51 on behalf of Driscoll Children’s Hospital during a check presentation Feb. 23, 2021.

Stripes
is known for its commitment to children and youths’ health and education
programs in the communities where they are located. Stripes has been an
outstanding collaborator and donor to Driscoll Children’s Hospital since 1999,
giving back more than $5 million to help local children.  

Every
donation helps fund vital medical care, equipment and therapy programs that
save and improve the lives of sick and injured children. 

“We are
committed to supporting local children and youth in the communities where we
live and work. Our Driscoll Children’s Hospital in-store fundraiser will
support the Stripes Child Life program, which is a critical patient program
serving children in the South Texas region,” said Brad Williams, 7-Eleven, Inc.
SVP, Corporate Operations and Restaurant Platforms. “For nearly twenty years,
Stripes has been supporting Driscoll Children’s Hospital, and we are proud to
have the Child Life program named after Stripes, which represents our
passionate team members and generous customers.” 

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