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BP Fast and Fresh donates $6,500 to Operation St. Nick

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 9:31 p.m. CDT
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Operation St. Nick President Joe Schmitz accepts a donation from Bill West, director of operations from MKM Oil, on behalf of BP Fast and Fresh located in Morris at Route 47 and George Street.

MORRIS – The holiday season might be over, but there still are many who just keep on giving.

Operation St. Nick accepted a $6,500 donation Tuesday from BP Fast and Fresh in Morris, located at Route 47 and George Street, which is owned by MKM Oil.

Bill West, director of operations for MKM, gave St. Nick President Joe Schmitz the donation on behalf of owners Gary Kavanaugh and Rick Marketti.

“To get a $6,500 donation from them three years in a row ... they could put the money with any organization they like because they have 34 stores,” Schmitz said. “To have them give to St. Nick, we are just very grateful.”

Operation St. Nick is a nonprofit organization that works to help Grundy County families in need throughout the year with programs for Christmas, back to school and veterans. This year it also gave out tens of thousands of dollars to help the victims of the April flood and the November tornado in Grundy County.

In December, Operation St. Nick held its annual radio auction where it raised a record-breaking amount in its 31st year – $134,640. Of that total, Kavanaugh and Marketti purchased $6,000 worth of auction items.

With Tuesday’s contribution, the total the two donated this year to St. Nick was $12,500.

“We are willing to help out the community and feel it’s a good cause,” West said.

The money raised goes toward all Operation St. Nick’s programs, Schmitz said.

The organization’s most popular program is the Christmas program where it buys toys and clothes for families. This past Christmas, between 55 and 60 families were helped.

“It’s a lot of money and we are very grateful to Mr. Marketti and Mr. Kavanaugh for everything they have done for St. Nick through the years,” Schmitz said.

Get Involved

For information on Operation St. Nick or to make a donation, contact President Joe Schmitz at 815-975-4369.

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