HOUSTON – March 8, 2013 – CITGO Petroleum Corporation and Houston-based CITGO Marketer, Sun Coast Resources, Inc., organized a surprise donation for the Houston Furniture Bank in honor of its commitment to “furnishing hope by making empty houses homes.” Sun Coast Resources, Inc. and CITGO presented the Houston Furniture Bank with furniture collected from Sun Coast Resources employees, as well as $500 in CITGO Gas Cards at the Houston CITGO Marketer Meeting on March 5, 2013.
The Houston Furniture Bank provides furniture at no cost to families struggling to make ends meet due to natural disasters, impoverishment, addiction or catastrophic health issues. Since its founding more than 20 years ago, the Houston Furniture Bank has collected almost a quarter of a million pieces of donated furniture and delivered them to more than 23,000 families in need in the greater Houston metropolitan area.
“We have identified a crucial need for families transitioning into independent living situations, and we are working hard to meet that need by collecting and distributing furniture to families without the means to purchase beds, appliances or even kitchen tables,” said Oli Mohammed, founder and Executive Director of the program. “We are so surprised and so honored by these generous gifts from Sun Coast Resources and CITGO. The substantial donation of CITGO gasoline will help us deliver all of the furniture that Sun Coast Resources has collected for us, and it will help us break this vicious cycle of poverty.”
Recipients are referred to the Houston Furniture Bank by more than 75 social service agencies in the Greater Houston area. Thanks to its dedicated volunteers and generous donors, the Houston Furniture Bank serves members of the Houston community at no cost. http://houstonfurniturebank.org/
“We at Sun Coast Resources strongly support CITGO and its commitment to recognizing those who are Fueling Good in local communities. We are pleased to help honor the Houston Furniture Bank for doing just that,” said Kathy Lehne, Founder and President of Sun Coast Resources. “We often take for granted the most basic necessities, including the furniture that we use to spend time with our families, whether it is sharing meals, reading bedtime stories or playing together. The Houston Furniture Bank has recognized the importance of these items, and has provided beds for more than 50,000 children.”
The idea of giving back to those in need is a core value of CITGO and is aligned with the social development principles of its shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations in your community, visit www.CITGO.com.
Since Kathy Lehne, founder, president and CEO of Sun Coast Resources, Inc., opened her doors in the spring of 1985, the Company has become the largest woman owned business in Texas, and one of the largest wholesale petroleum marketers in the nation.
Sun Coast’s product lines include a wide array of petroleum products including gasoline, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel, marine diesel, jet fuel, avgas, kerosene and a full line of Chevron, TOTAL and Mystik lubrication products. Sun Coast has a modern, proprietary fleet of over 1,000 units to serve its customers with prompt and reliable delivery service 24/7/365. Operating from its headquarters in Houston, Texas, Sun Coast has been in business for 30 years, owns and operates 18 offices across Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, and currently employs a staff of about 1,700.