ExxonMobil’s U.S. Branded Wholesale Network, which operates more than 11,000 Exxon and Mobil service stations across the United States, has organized a relief fund to help the millions of Gulf Coast residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
“Several branded wholesalers have reached out asking how they can help,” said Craig Hoppen, chair of the ExxonMobil U.S. Branded Wholesale National Council. “With more than 300 branded wholesalers in the U.S., we have a real opportunity to come together and make a positive difference for those in need.”
The network has set up a fundraising page through the American Red Cross where branded wholesalers can make their contribution to Harvey relief. The site has already raised more than $140,000 and is targeting an overall goal of $2 million.
This financial support builds upon Exxon Mobil Corporation’s contribution of $1 million to the American Red Cross and United Way of Greater Houston, as well as its new employee and retiree donation match program to support relief and recovery. Employee and retiree contributions to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army will be matched on a one-to-one basis up to $3 million in total, which will generate up to $6 million for the disaster relief organizations. The company has donated $2.3 million in advertising time to the Red Cross that has been dedicated to high-profile televised public service announcements. These commitments, including about $1 million worth of in-kind contributions in South Texas, total about $10.3 million.
“On behalf of the branded wholesale community, we are proud to join ExxonMobil in this effort and help our communities rebuild and heal,” said Hoppen.
The U.S. Branded Wholesale Network is currently working with the company to help meet the consumer demand for fuel and replenish supplies as safely and quickly as possible. As part of this effort, ExxonMobil has given its branded wholesalers in the impacted areas the flexibility to deliver Exxon- or Mobil-branded fuel to stations of other brands that may be out of product, and vice versa, to maximize the number of service stations that have gasoline during the recovery period.