This summer, Cape Coral police officers will be dispensing well-deserved Slurpee® justice to good kids around Cape Coral. For the 23rd year, 7-Eleven® is working with local police and sheriff’s departments to distribute free Slurpee® drink coupons to children and youth through its popular Operation Chill® community-service program.
During 2018, 7-Eleven will issue up to 1.4 million Slurpee coupons to almost 1,100 law enforcement agencies, most during the summer months and back-to-school season. Big-city departments and small-town forces alike use the Slurpee coupons to enhance relationships with the young people in their cities by rewarding them for good deeds, constructive activities, and acts of kindness.
Appropriate “offenses” might include helping another person, deterring crime or participating in a community or police-sponsored event. Although the reasons for being “ticketed” are varied, the end result is the same for every youngster: a free Slurpee drink and a smile for being a good kid. Each coupon can be redeemed for a small Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores.
Begun in Philadelphia to give law enforcement officers a positive reason to interact with children and teens, Operation Chill has expanded to cities across the country. Since the program’s inception in 1995, almost 21 million Operation Chill coupons have been distributed to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country in areas where 7-Eleven operates stores.
“Officers are always looking for ways to have positive interactions with our citizens, especially the kids. Being able to reward good behavior and put a smile on a child’s face (along with a cold Slurpee on a hot day) is definitely a highlight of an officer’s shift.” Cpl. Phil Mullen, CCPD Public Affairs.
“Year after year, Operation Chill is our most popular community service program. Kids love Slurpee drinks, and police officers love having a reason to approach kids and surprise them with a Slurpee coupon as a reward for doing something good. And we, at 7-Eleven, love helping them make those important connections in the community.” Mark Stinde, 7-Eleven Vice President of Asset Protection.