Huck's stores are all about family -- especially the kids, according to Karen Owen, executive assistant to the chief executive officer of Martin & Bayley, the parent company of Huck's convenience stores.

"Kids are a large part of the culture and a primary part of Huck's mission statement. The Karing for Kids program, now in its 17th year, was crafted by Huck's to make Christmas special for those children who are less fortunate and to give back to the communities we live and work in," said Owen.

Each child selected receives $150 to enable them to fulfill their Christmas wishes. Fundraising is conducted through corporate sponsorships, rummage and bake sales and many other innovative types of fundraisers at the store level.

According to Owen, 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Karing for Kids program and the monies raised at each store stays in that market.

Local health departments and teachers in the school system help to privately select the children in need.

Owens said in 2019, the Huck's stores raised $178,222, which was enough for the company to change Christmas for 1252 children. Although the focus is on Christmas, donations are accepted all year long to provide funds for other special needs projects, such as scholarships, Special Olympics, supporting families with children taking medical treatments and disaster relief for kids, all under the umbrella of "Karing for Kids."

Although these monies indirectly help the family, the monies go directly toward the child's needs in every way. Huck's is open to helping any child with special needs, according to Owen.

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