~ Press release issued by 7-Eleven and the Town of Shenandoah Police Department
Largest convenience retailer celebrates anniversary with 1.5 million free Slurpees® nationwide, 500 locally
SHENANDOAH — For a quarter-century, Operation Chill®, 7-Eleven, Inc.’s longest running community service program, has given local law enforcement an opportunity to make a positive connection with kids through free Slurpee® drink coupons. Each coupon can be redeemed for one medium Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven® stores.
“With a simple Slurpee coupon, the Operation Chill program lets local officers connect with kids and recognize their good behavior, which is essential to creating long-term positive relationships,” said 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. “Since 1995, 7-Eleven distributed millions of Slurpee drink coupons to kids across the country. The program’s success over 25 years is a powerful testament to the importance of making these community connections – both for 7-Eleven and public safety officers.”
Over the years, the world’s largest convenience retailer has worked with thousands of local police and sheriff’s departments by donating free Slurpee drink coupons that they can award to children for observing safety rules or performing good deeds. Local law enforcement officers will dispense well-deserved Slurpee justice to good kids in Shenandoah. During 2020, 7-Eleven will issue approximately 1.5 million Slurpee drink coupons to more than 1,100 law enforcement agencies; 500 of those will be distributed in Shenandoah this fall.
“We are always looking for ways to help our officers build strong relationships and connections within the community,” said Paul Davis, Chief of Police. “The Operation Chill program makes it easy to interact with kids in a positive way. This is a great short and long-term investment for 7-Eleven and for us.”
Big-city departments and small-town forces alike use the Slurpee drink coupons to enhance relationships with young people in their cities by rewarding them for good deeds, constructive activities and acts of kindness. These might include helping another person or participating in a community- or police-sponsored event. Although the reasons for being rewarded vary, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee drink and a smile for being a good kid.
Since the Operation Chill program began in Philadelphia in 1995, it has expanded to hundreds of cities across the country giving law enforcement officers a positive reason to interact with children and teens. Over the last 25 years, more than 23 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to law enforcement agencies across the country.
All participants are encouraged to follow local city and state COVID-19 guidelines during Operation Chill.