Dollar General Surprises 27 Organizations with "Thanks Giving” Contributions

November 21, 2017
In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, Dollar General has donated $250,000 to 27 schools and nonprofits as part of its new “Thanks Giving” campaign. The contributions are intended to support education and literacy in the communities our stores and distribution centers call home.

Included below are photos of teachers, students and staff receiving their “Thanks Giving” gifts from Dollar General representatives. Their excitement and cheer are why we continue to stay dedicated to our mission of Serving Others every day!

Barnsdall Elementary School in Barnsdall, Oklahoma

“This was such an AWESOME DAY,” exclaimed District Manager James Whitehead. “To be able to promote the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and support local schools in my district is definitely one of the top moments for me in my 15 years with this company. The school put together an assembly for us to present the gift; however, no one knew what they were receiving. It was a total surprise and shock to the kids and faculty. Numerous teachers were in tears.”

Blanchard Elementary School in Columbus, Georgia

From Left: District Manager James Swanson, Blanchard Elementary School Principal Dawn Grantham, Store Manager Michele Dushane, Region Director Goerja Murphy and Muscogee County School District Media Specialist Kristine Mitchell.

“I want to thank Dollar General for allowing me to be part of something so special and wonderful,” noted District Manager James Swanson. “We could not have picked a more appreciative school than Blanchard Elementary. Everyone was so emotional and overwhelmed with joy. This was one of the best experiences in my retail career!”

Eastbrook North Elementary School in Van Buren, Indiana

Pictured: The Marion Distribution Center team presented Eastbrook North Elementary School Principal Chris McKim with the school’s check.

Fremont Elementary School in Bakersfield, California

Pictured: HR Manager Paul Porter with Fremont Elementary School children

Gadsden Elementary School in Gadsden, Tennessee

“The experience was amazing,” exclaimed District Manager Annette Todd Nabaa. “Gadsden Elementary School Principal Foust was in tears and the teachers and students were all smiles.  The school has 142 students, Pre K through Grade 5, and it is located in a rural community that does not receive a lot of funding. They were super excited to receive the grant. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.”

Houck Elementary School in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Pictured: Distribution Center Director Keith Nicholson presented the donation to Pedro, Houck Elementary School’s principal.

“Pedro was stunned,” noted Senior HR Manager John Zappacosta. “At one point, he was rendered speechless. It was truly a great day. It is a pleasure to work for a company that gives employees an opportunity to be a part of an interaction like this one, especially one that leaves a community leader speechless.”

Indian Bayou Elementary School in Rayne, Louisiana

Pictured Left to Right: Rayne store manager, School Administrator Honey LeDeaux, District Manager John Exell and members of the Indian Bayou Elementary School fifth grade class

Irby Elementary School in Alachua, Florida

Pictured: Irby Elementary School Principal Valdenora Foster and Alachua Distribution Center Director Alain Arrendell posed with several members of the Irby Elementary School administration.

Jackson Elementary School in Janesville, Wisconsin

Jackson Elementary School Principal Kristen Moisson was excited to receive Dollar General’s “Thanks Giving” contribution to help the school’s literacy and library initiatives.

Jonesville Elementary/Middle School in Jonesville, South Carolina

“The visit to Jonesville Elementary/Middle School went very well,” noted Senior HR Manager Shawn Johnson. “The principal was appreciative of the donation and our continued support!”

Kanawha Elementary School in Davisville, West Virginia

Pictured: District Manager Rich Fullmer visited Kanawha Elementary School to present Kanawha Elementary School Principal Stephen Null with the school’s “Thanks Giving” contribution.

Madill Elementary School in Madill, Oklahoma

Pictured: Senior HR Manager Erin Ann Oakes, Ardmore Distribution Center Assistant Director Brian Tinsley, HR Representative Odeht Robaina, Ardmore Distribution Center Director Riley Seals and Madill Elementary School Principal Devin Birdsong

McAdory Elementary School in McCalla, Alabama

“The presentation went very well! I was honored to be able to participate,” commented Senior HR Manager Donald Campbell. “The principal was a little caught off guard because he didn’t expect the donation.”

Mesopotamia Elementary School in Mesopotamia, Ohio

Pictured: Mesopotamia Elementary School students and teachers joined by the Dollar General field team

Northview Elementary School in Gas City, Indiana

Northview Elementary School in Gas City, Indiana, is part of the Marion Distribution Center community.

San Jose Elementary in Pomona, California

“Store Manager Cheryl, the store team and I are very thankful to Dollar General for the opportunity to serve our community here in Pomona,” said District Manager James Perez.

Schaefer Branch-San Antonio Public Library in San Antonio, Texas

Sinai Elementary School in South Boston, Virginia

Pictured: South Boston Distribution Center Director Scott Quesinberry and Sinai Elementary School Principal Dawn Miller at the distribution center 

Sunflower County Freedom Project in Sunflower, Mississippi

Pictured: HR Representative Carmen Hill, Indianola Distribution Center Director Chris Murabito, Executive Director of the Sunflower County Freedom Project Kate Gluckman, and two Sunflower County Freedom Project participants

“Thank you so much for the generous donation to the Sunflower County Freedom Project,” cheered Sunflower County Freedom Project Executive Director Kate Gluckman. “Your gift will be put to immediate use. Dollar General’s community-minded philanthropy really makes a difference to our organization and our students.”
Toys for Tots in Fulton, Missouri

Pictured: Melissa Barnes from Toys for Tots and Fulton Distribution Center Director Steve Gibson

Waukomis Elementary School in Waukomis, Oklahoma

Pictured: District Manager Robynn Winter and members of the local store team presented the “Thanks Giving” contribution to Waukomis Elementary School Principal Brandon Bookout.

Westhills Elementary School in Lewisburg, Tennessee

Pictured: Westhills Elementary School students assembled in the gymnasium to meet District Manager Adam Stranahan and receive the “Thanks Giving” check.

Zane Grey Elementary School in Zanesville, Ohio

Pictured: Zanesville Distribution Center Director Brian Braglin, Zane Grey Principal Mark Stallard and Senior HR Manager Sandi Byers

Not pictured at time of publishing:
Durant Elementary School in Sumner, Iowa
Friends of the Henry M. Seymour Library in Indianola, Mississippi
Jackson Elementary School in Jackson, Georgia
North Jackson Elementary in Glasgow, Kentucky

About Dollar General Corporation 

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is proud to serve as America’s neighborhood general store. Founded in 1939, Dollar General lives its mission of Serving Others every day by providing access to affordable products and services for its customers, career opportunities for its employees, and literacy and education support for its hometown communities. As of August 4, 2023, the company’s 19,488 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and pOpshelf stores across the United States and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico provide everyday essentials including food, health and wellness products, cleaning and laundry supplies, self-care and beauty items, and seasonal décor from our high-quality private brands alongside many of the world’s most trusted brands such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, General Mills, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Kraft, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.  Learn more at

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