When District Manager (District 740) Cassie Wagoner heard that the Superior First United Methodist Church could not open their doors unless they could provide masks for every attendee, she jumped into action! Cassie purchased a generous amount of PPE supplies and sanitizer so worship could resume. In the true spirit of Serving Others, Cassie spent three weekends sewing 100 masks in different sizes to make sure children and adults could attend service.
“We are deeply grateful to Cassie for giving her time, energy and materials so that our members could have a sense of normalcy during the pandemic,” said Pastor Natalie Faust of Superior First United Methodist Church.
According to Regional Director Zeb Boomgaarden, “Cassie is a selfless leader that truly reflects acts of kindness in all that she does. I cannot count how many times I’ve heard from our district managers and store managers about how amazing Cassie has been in leading and supporting our store teams. Thank you, Cassie for always serving others!”
To recognize Cassie’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to Superior First United Methodist Church to support their hunger relief efforts and education programs.
This week’s honoree, Kelly Blankenship, Division Vice President (D5), received multiple nominations sharing stories about his many acts of compassion and servant leadership.
Kelly was visiting members of our team when a customer walked in with bags on her feet because she didn’t have any shoes. Kelly purchased shoes for her.
While helping at the register, a mother of three couldn’t get her EBT card to work. She started crying and putting her food and supplies back. Kelly purchased all of her items.
When visiting a store in Washington State, Kelly saw a teacher putting together treats and gifts for her classroom. She was obviously trying to stay within a budget. Kelly handed his personal credit card to the DM and paid for the entire transaction.
We stopped to get gas while visiting stores. While we were at the gas station, Kelly saw an elderly man struggling to figure out how to use the pump. Kelly went over and pumped the gas for him. You could see the relief and appreciation in the gentleman’s face.
Every time Kelly visits the store, he buys the team drinks and always donates to literacy.
“Kelly selflessly gives of his extreme talent as a merchant and operator, but he goes above and beyond when he sees people in need,” said Vice President Divisional Manager, Derin Briggs. “Great opportunities to help others surround us every day. Kelly does not wait for these opportunities. He seeks them out and acts on them every day. He is a great example of someone that walks the walk and lets his actions speak louder than words.”
Retail District Manager, Julia King, says it best, “Kelly lives our mission of serving others with extreme generosity. Kelly believes in doing good just to bring joy to another person’s day. He also believes that when you get to a spot in life where you can help others that you should reach out and lift others up. “
To recognize Kelly’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to the Mason Food Pantry to help provide food and supplies for individuals and families in need.
This week’s DG Kindness honoree is Trish Dunn from Store #05892 in French Settlement, Louisiana!
On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall and devastated the community near Cameron, Louisiana. It caused significant damage to homes and businesses and left many individuals without power for days. Seeing the community in need, Trish jumped into action. With the help of her team, Trish collected nine rolltainers of food, supplies and water valued at more than $20,000. When asked why she led the collection efforts, Trish said, “I want our customers to know if they need help or if they are hungry, they are always welcome here at our store and we will help them.”
According to District Manager Josh Lavalais, “Trish is a true leader. She is the backbone of the district and a pillar in her community. Trish is always leading by example and always striving for excellence which motivates her peers to also strive for excellence!”
To recognize Trish’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to a local nonprofit that assists individuals in need of food, clothing or baby goods. Thanks for your act of service and for inspiring those around you with kindness!
In August 2020, a small fire around Beachie Creek smoldered in a remote area of Oregon’s Opal Creek Wilderness. The fire grew to become one of the most destructive wildfires in Oregon history. In Heidi’s community alone, 497 homes were lost.
Every day as Heidi drove to work, she saw what used to be lush green tree-lined highways that were gone and homes that were nothing more than piles of twisted metal and ash. The destruction was heavy on her heart.
In the true spirit of Serving Others, Heidi rolled up her sleeves and started performing small acts of kindness for her neighbors. She helped community members sift through the destruction to look for family treasures that may have survived the fire. She sat with neighbors who needed someone to talk to. She also purchased 150 angels and placed them at the front of the driveways of homes that were destroyed to try to bring hope to those who lost everything.
According to District Manager, Torry Mayfield, “Heidi has been inspirational to our whole district. During the fires she drove clothes to our team members that were displaced. When she was able to get back to the store, Heidi helped collect donations of water and basic essentials for people in the community. She listened to her customers that lost their homes in the fire and consoled and cried with them.”
To recognize Heidi’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund to support the Santiam Canyon residents affected by the fire. Thank you Heidi for inspiring those around you with kindness.
For more than two years, Charlotte and Darla from Store #08218 in Dothan, Alabama have partnered with the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging (SARCOA) to provide seniors with groceries, toiletries, cleaning products and other necessary items. During the pandemic, many seniors were afraid to shop in person or didn't have transportation to the local Dollar General store. Charlotte, Darla and the team at Store #08218 worked together to gather supplies to distribute to seniors in need.
According to the Director of SARCOA Terri Francis, “we love Dollar General and especially Charlotte and Darla who are so amazing to work with. They not only helped us serve our seniors and adults with disabilities during our Santa for Seniors program, but they help us all year.”
According to District Manager Leslie Soard, “I am so proud of Charlotte, Darla and their entire team for dedicating their time to such a worthy organization. Every day they 'Walk the Walk' and are a true example of Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others.”
To recognize Charlotte and Darla’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging to help make a difference in the lives of seniors and disabled individuals. Thanks for your act of service and for inspiring those around you with kindness.
This week’s featured act of DG Kindness is from Lisa at Store #16853 in Lima, Ohio!
One act of kindness can create a wave of caring. On a snowy day, a gentleman walked into Lisa’s store wearing cleats, pants that were too small and a tarp wrapped around his upper body. He purchased a toy and a woman’s shirt. It was obvious he was purchasing these items for his family. As he was leaving, Lisa stepped into action and gave him the coat off her back. A customer in the parking lot saw this and bought him a hat and gloves. Another customer jumped in and bought him a hot meal. One act of kindness inspiring another, a perfect example of Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others. Lisa says this story has a happy ending because Coleman’s Professional Services is assisting the gentleman in finding a home and place of employment.
According to District Manager Eric Forsyth, “Lisa cares very much for her customers and the surrounding community. Her passion to serve is why I chose her to move into a leadership position once she rejoined the DG Team late last year. I knew the pride she takes in her work and being able to serve the community would take her a long way into being successful as a store leader for us.”
Eric adds, “I am extremely proud of her. In these tough times I always try to remind my team to make someone's day better every day we can. No act of kindness goes without causing a positive ripple in peoples’ lives and those around us.”
To recognize Lisa’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to Coleman’s Profession Services to help support local individuals in crisis. Lisa, thanks for your act of service and for inspiring those around you with your kindness.
DG’s featured act of DG Kindness for the week of March 8 is Store Manager Joe at Store #0460 in Beattyville, Kentucky!
In early March 2021, many communities across Kentucky faced major flooding and high water. Due to impassable roads that kept him from his store, Joe decided to lend a hand to those in his community. In the true spirit of Serving Others, he stepped in to help a fellow manager conduct inventory in a neighboring district. Although the roads the next morning were still impassable, Joe was determined to get to his store and provide the community with much needed food and supplies. To do so, Joe enlisted the help of rescuers with boats to give him a ride across town so he could open his store and serve his customers.
According to District Manager Kathy Combs, “Joe has a huge heart and is very caring. He is always willing to help his team, customers and community. He is a true leader.”
To recognize Joe’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to the American Red Cross to aid those affected by flooding in Kentucky. Joe, thank you for your act of service and for inspiring those around you with your kindness.
When natural disasters strike, please stay safe. If you see standing water on the roadway, please turn around and do not attempt to cross.
Every day is an opportunity to reach out and show an act of kindness. Becky embodies this mantra by helping others in the Martinsville, Illinois, community. In the spirit of Serving Others, she has volunteered with and coordinated support for healthcare workers at a local nursing home, animal rescues, senior care centers and children at the Shriners Hospital. To further help her community and families in crisis, Becky also coordinates with Martinsville on the Move to have water, snack and supplies available for families in need of assistance.
“Dollar General coming into our community was such a boost to our efforts. [The store] team here, led by Becky Littlejohn, does a great job and always works hard to have the inventory we need as we plan events,” said Norma Calvert, President of Martinsville on the Move.
According to District Manager Mary Hartke, “Becky has a heart of gold and consistently finds ways to connect with her customers and her community. I am so proud of the work she does and consider myself blessed to have her on my team.”
To recognize Becky’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to Martinsville on the Move to support local families in crisis and summer reading programs. Becky, thanks for your act of service and for inspiring those around you with kindness.
This week’s featured act of DG Kindness is from Assistant Store Manager Heather at Store #16716 in Montezuma, Iowa!
When an elderly gentleman requested a money order, Heather had a feeling something was wrong. With some investigation, she found out the customer was being scammed. A few days later, the elderly man’s daughter came back to the store to thank Heather. The daughter shared on Facebook, “Heather went above and beyond her job to show she truly cares about people. When I tried to thank Heather, she replied that she was just doing her job. Heather stopped something that could have cost my dad all his savings. Dollar General has some great employees doing great things!”
According to District Manager Melody Whitten, “Heather always gives 100% in everything she does. Everyone on the team looks up to her. She is willing to go the extra mile and truly cares about the community and her customers. She believes that customers come first, and it shows. Heather is a huge part of her location and District 102. She truly is kind at heart and walks the walk.”
To recognize Heather’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to Montezuma Community Development Corporation to help support senior programs in the local community. Heather, thanks for your act of service and for inspiring those around you with kindness.
District Manager Denise was inspired after reading a Facebook post from Shepherd’s House, a non-profit organization serving the Knox County, Ohio area. Shepherd’s House serves individuals experiencing homelessness by providing food, clothing and hygiene items. Their program was running low on supplies and Denise immediately reached out to the DG Stores in her district and began collecting hats, gloves, warm socks, blankets, and bars of soap. In the true spirit of Serving Others, the team collected three large boxes of donations within one week.
“It is a joy to have the opportunity to work with Denise who is a consummate professional who keeps promises made,” said Joe Noonen, Director of Shepherd’s House. “Her can and will do attitude coupled with her personal excitement in delivering items and understanding their benefits makes this relationship rich beyond resources. Dollar General is fortunate to have her on the team and we are fortunate to have seen her heart in action.”
According to Regional Director Jim Winkler, “Denise creates an environment of enthusiasm and excellence every day, while living out our Dollar General Mission of Serving Others. Denise encourages her team to think beyond the current customer needs and has inspired our associates to be part of their communities. Our associates, the communities we serve, and myself are amazed at her selflessness. I am blessed to have Denise on our team.”
To recognize Denise’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to Shepherd’s House to assist those experiencing homelessness with food, clothing, and hygiene items. Denise, thanks for your act of service and for inspiring those around you with kindness.
When a local kindergarten teacher and frequent shopper at store #11296 in Rogers, Texas, found herself unable to pay for school supplies needed for her classroom, Store Manager Crystal stepped in to purchase the items for the classroom. A few days later, the teacher revisited the store with a special delivery of letters written by her kindergarten students thanking Crystal for her generosity. Crystal’s act of kindness to help the teacher purchase the supplies her students and classroom need on a regular basis exemplifies the true spirit of DG’s mission of Serving Others.
According to District Manager Gabriel Garza, “Crystal is an amazing talent who loves to help and train. Her positive attitude permeates the store and the community in which she works. She has the heart of a teacher, never missing an opportunity to help a fellow team member, including myself, when needed. She is a pleasure to work with, driven and dedicated, and an asset to the company.”
To recognize Crystal’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to High Point Elementary School to help students achieve a brighter future. Crystal, thanks for your act of service and for inspiring those around you with kindness.
Tim is a wonderful customer who shops regularly at Tanya’s store and is legally blind. In the spirit of Serving Others, Tanya walks with Tim after his shopping trips to ensure he arrives home safely. Tanya said, “Our team comes together every day to help people in need, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be there for Tim. I hope someone would do the same for me.” Store Manager Cathy echoes this sentiment, “This shows how far our team goes to not only serve others but to go above and beyond for others.”
According to District Manager Manny Rocha, “Our greatest asset is the customer. Tanya treats each customer as if they are the only one. We're blessed to have her as part of our team!”
To recognize Tanya’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to Seedlings Braille Books for Children to help visually impaired youth strengthen their literacy skills and enhance their love of reading. Tanya, thanks for your act of service and for inspiring those around you with your kindness.
For more than three years, an elderly gentleman named Arthur has been a regular customer at our store in Coloma. During a snowstorm this winter, Arthur couldn’t make it to his local DG in Coloma to get the items he needed due to his car breaking down and health issues. Mike, assistant store manager at store #18334, heard about Arthur’s challenges and immediately offered to help. In the spirit of Serving Others, Mike picked up Arthur’s shopping list, gathered his items and delivered them to Arthur’s home. Arthur was incredibly thankful. Mike still regularly helps Arthur with his shopping needs and was recently promoted to store manager at Store #13438 in Covert, Michigan.
According to District Manager, Gerielle Bogus, “We are proud of Mike and the extraordinary example he has set. Mike is an invaluable member of the D440 team. He embodies what it means to serve others by what he does every day for his teammates and his community.”
To recognize Mike’s act of DG Kindness, Dollar General is making a $1,000 donation to North Berrien Senior Center to help support older adults by providing daily lunches, transportation services and programs to meet their physical needs.