Team Up with local Stores
Fastop runs a “Got to Give” campaign out of its convenience stores to support the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse’s fight against opioid Abuse.
For the next several months local Fastops across Southern Maryland are challenging community members to join them in their mission to support the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) by collecting donations that will help fuel the county’s war against heroin and opioids usage. Customers are asked to leave leftover change from purchases and general donations in collection boxes placed on countertops at Fastop locations across Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties, as well as the Prince Frederick Magic Tunnel. At the end of each month, staff will calculate the number of donations made and the stores will match the total amount of contributions given in an effort to double the impact made.
According to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Drug Intelligence Program, as of September 12th, there have been 108 reported overdoses in Calvert County with 18 deaths. Of these overdoses, 61 were from heroin; 18 from prescription medications; and six from prescription pain medications; the remaining 23 overdoses were from various other drugs.
“Like many parts of the state and country, Calvert County continues to be plagued by the opioid crisis,” stated Kristen DePhillip, President, CAASA Board of Directors. “Opioid misuse and overdose has touched the lives of many families. By working together and supporting local prevention efforts, we will be able to share much-needed prevention information with our residents and work to stem the tide of this horrific problem.”
Funds gathered from the campaign will benefit activities sponsored or supported by CAASA including D.A.R.E., National Night Out, Mini-grant program, Red Ribbon Week, and awareness and education programs focusing on opioid misuse.
“Hopefully, this will go a long way to help in the fight,” says Johnny Gott, President of The Gott Company. “By coming together, we can double our impact.”
As the program expands, Gott hopes to have an opportunity to select various beneficiaries, allowing both the community and the company to aid as many organizations as possible by providing financial support in areas that will further strengthen local neighborhoods. “We’ve got to give back,” says Gott after talking to staff about the idea of supporting local organizations. “They do so much for us in the community.”
Community members can stop by any Fastop location to gain more information or join the conversation online by taking a picture of themselves dropping off change and tagging the donation location with the hashtag #GottoGive.
For more information about the “Got to Give” program, contact The Gott Company at (410) 535-0484.