Dan McMahon and Charlie Campbell (district managers for Sheetz at the time) began Sheetz Family Christmas in 1992 as a way to give needy children the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with new toys, clothes and other basic needs such as furniture and bedding. Leading a group of store employees from Blair County, Pennsylvania, Dan and Charlie raised $12,000 that first year, which was enough money to take 126 kids on a Christmas shopping spree. The tradition of the Sheetz For the Kidz Holiday Event was born!

Since then, the holiday event has grown. Thanks to various fundraising efforts of Sheetz employees, we are able to make the holiday season brighter for these children. Sheetz employees from every Sheetz operating volunteer to participate in the annual shopping days. Then we hold special parties in each of our districts, where Santa presents the children with gifts purchased specifically for them. Along with the presents, children enjoy food, crafts, games and pictures with Santa.  Since inception of the program over $13.5 million dollars has been raised For the Kidz!


27 Responses to Sheetz For the Kidz Holiday Event

  1. Vernita Toliver says:

    I would like to know how I could register my daughter for the Christmas program. 804-252-5543

    • Shannon.Mills says:


      You can inquire about the details of registering with this program through your local Salvation Army. Have a very happy holiday.

  2. tam says:

    how do families get help for xmas ?? we could use it and another familu also , my children need clothes

  3. jennifer says:

    My daughter is 17 and has a 6 month old baby. Is there a way for her to apply for this program? I have no experience with anything like this or how to get her involved. If you have any information I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Shannon.Mills says:


      Please contact your local Salvation Army to inquire about registering for this program. Have a happy holiday season.

  4. Kai B says:

    What a wonderful thing this company does for the children in our community

    • Sheetz plays a big part in community service and charity events. We are more than happy to provide this opportunity not only for our employees but for the guests who are able to attend the event. Thank you for your comment!

  5. Lisa says:

    My daughter is a junior at Slippery Rock University and my husband is employed by Sheetz. Is there a Christmas event in the western pa area that she could volunteer and work at this year? She has expressed interest in this previously, just trying to help her get connected with someone to volunteer at this important event.


    • Thank you for your interest in helping with Sheetz Family Christmas. Your daughter is eligible to help because she is over the age of 18. The next step would be for your husband to contact his District Manager and they will be able to set her up to volunteer!

  6. marie yingling says:

    i would like to know how to apply for sheetzs family christmas i live in grant county west virgina and dont know where to look i never done this b 4 can you please help me

  7. kate says:

    what number would i call for portage, pa?

    • You will need to contact 814-736-4586, this is the Portage Salvation Army. Unfortunetly our registration for Sheetz Family Christmas is now closed. They may be able to provide other assistance to you for this year.

  8. dylin says:

    is this program available for juniata county PA if so please send me the number to get in contact for it. Thanks

    • Yes this program is available for Juniate County PA. You will need to contact your local Salvation Army. Unfortunetly for 2013 we are closed, but we hope you will take advantage of Sheetz For the Kidz in 2014.

  9. Teresa says:

    I signed up for the Sheetz for the kids program through the school. They said their will be a Christmas party that we can attend. My problem is I have no transportation right now to go to the party or to pick up the gifts at the Salvation Army. What options do I have?

  10. pam lippert says:

    how can i sign up for this

  11. pam lippert says:

    i need to know how you sign up for the christmas for kids/ I HEARD ABOUT THIS BUT NEVER DID IT.

    • You will need to visit your local Salvation Army. At the salvation Army they will have all of the details. Unfortunetly for this year (2013) registration is closed. We hope you have a Happy Holiday season!

  12. Stacey Grim says:

    I would like to know what the age limit and I sign up my kids

    • Stacey unfortunately we are closed for applicants for 2013. If you are interested for next year please visit you local Salvation Army and they will be able to provide you with all of the information you will need. Happy Holidays!

  13. Brandy says:

    I just want yo say that I am absolutely pleased with sheet.. yesterday was the Christmas party and my children had so much fun as well did I.. I did peek at there gifts and they certainly got everything they asked for! God bless you all and Thank you sooooo much.

  14. Mandy says:

    I would just like to say Thank-you to Pam Kuntz for all of her hard work and dedication to making sure my children would have for Christmas. She went above and beyond to find the right answer and I have to say for never meeting Pam and only exchanging phone calls, she is most definately one of the nicest and dedicated people I know. Sheetz is very lucky to have her as an employee. I would also like to Thank Sheetz Coorporate Office as they were key players in making this happen. Sheetz has been wonderful to my family and I would like to say Thank-you and Happy Holidays from our family.

    • Sheetz Inc. is more than pleased to know how much we as a company were able to help your family during this time of year! You are more than welcome, and we would like to wish you a Happy Holiday!

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