Love’s donates $150,000 to United Way for disaster relief

OKLAHOMA CITY, May 26, 2011 — Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores today announced it will donate $150,000 to local chapters of the United Way to help Joplin, Mo., and communities throughout Oklahoma recover and rebuild from recent devastating tornadoes.

The company will assist with the immediate need in Joplin after being hit with one of the deadliest storms in history.

Love’s home state of Oklahoma was also recently hit with tornadoes, causing damage throughout the state and in several communities Love’s serves.

“Our hearts go out to those who were affected by these tornadoes. Love’s has been impacted by tornadoes in our history, so we know what it’s like to rebuild,” said Tom Love, Chairman and CEO. “We are fortunate to be able to make this contribution. I am proud of our employees who stepped up during this time of disaster and helped people in great need.”

The Love’s located in Joplin remained open during the storms. The store donated batteries and flashlights to a local hospital that was directly hit by a tornado. They also donated water to a community shelter.

Love’s donation will be directed toward two United Way agencies. Heart of Missouri United Way will receive $100,000. United Way of Central Oklahoma will receive $50,000.

About Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and remains entirely family owned and operated. With more than 265 locations and 90 tire care centers in 39 states, Love’s approximate growth rate is 20 stores per year. Love’s is currently ranked No. 18 on Forbes’ Magazine’s annual listing of America’s largest privately held companies. To learn more, go to, Facebook (, or follow @LovesTravelStop on Twitter.