Since 2016, Love's Travel Stops has given $100,000 each year to Oklahoma City Public Schools. This year, they increased the donation to $300,000 to include 11 school districts in the Oklahoma City area.
Love's Travel Stops is a national company with more than 550 stores in 41 states and is headquartered in Oklahoma City. For Love's, being a part of the community means giving back to the community.
“What we really wanted to do was increase the impact we make in the Oklahoma City area,” said Jenny Love Meyer, Love's executive vice president and chief culture officer.
With the stress the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the schools, the timing really fit the issues, Meyer said.
In addition to the generous donation to Oklahoma City Public Schools, the Moore, Norman, Edmond, Mid-Del, Yukon, Guthrie, Millwood, Crooked Oak, Western Heights and Putnam City school districts all receiving a $20,000 gift.
Putnam City Schools are already putting the money to good use.
“Thus far, we’ve already provided professional development in music and technology to a couple of our teachers. We have purchased playground equipment,” said Jennifer Seal, Putnam City Schools Association president. “We are purchasing a sensory pathway for our kids to use as they walk down the hallway. We’re buying books for some teachers in a school that was flooded."
Love's gives back 2% of their store profits to the communities they serve. Meyer said the company has a heart for youth and education. They also make regular donations to colleges and universities.
Another one of Love's passions is health. The company contributes and holds fundraisers for the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, as well as The Children’s Miracle Network.