7-Eleven Asks Portland-Area Customers to Spread Joy Through Toys

Donors receive coupons for free foods, drinks at 110 locations

Published in CSP Daily News

PORTLAND, Ore. -- To make sure kids at Doernbecher Children's Hospital receive a toy this holiday season, approximately 110 7-Eleven Inc. stores in the greater Portland, Ore., area are collecting new, unwrapped toys and games through Dec. 16, in their first "Give a Smile to a Child" toy drive.

Bright red collection boxes are located in all participating stores.

Each person who donates will receive a collection of coupons for free 7-Eleven goods such as glazed donuts, Big Bite hot dogs, Go-Go Taquitos, coffee, Big Gulp and Slurpee drinks. The offer is limited to one set of coupons per guest, while supplies last.

"The toy drive is a first-time effort for us, and we want to encourage our customers to make sure no child who is a Doernbecher patient goes without a toy this Christmas," said Brad Slade, 7-Eleven market manager. "So if you give a gift to our toy drive, we will give you coupons for free 7-Eleven goodies. Our goal is to make the holidays happier for everyone."

7-Eleven stores in the following Oregon and Washington cities are participating in the toy drive:

  • Oregon: Portland, Gresham, Tigard, Tualatin, Beaverton, Aloha, Sherwood, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Salem, Keizer, McMinnville, Wilsonville, Woodburn, Milwaukie, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Canby, Clackamas.
  • Washington: Vancouver, Camas and Ridgefield.

A list of toys from the Doernbecher Wish List is attached to each collection box and on the hospital's website. Suggested items include rattles and teething toys, early development and learning toys, board books in English and Spanish, light and sound toys, card games, Duplos, Legos and Lego kits, cars and trucks, popular action figures, art and craft kits, Play-Doh kits, Washable Crayola markers and crayons, newly released DVDs (PG-13 and lower) video games (rated E preferred) and controllers and popular athletic team merchandise.

Dallas-based 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 9,400 stores in North America; it has approximately 48,000  stores in 16 countries. During 2011, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales close to $76.6 billion.