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ST. PAUL, Minn. — CHS Inc. and its Cenex energy brand rewarded 10 individuals with free fuel for a year through the Tanks of Thanks program this month. The randomly selected winners were nominated by others in recognition of their good deeds and contributions to their communities.
In the three years that Tanks of Thanks has existed, more than 14,000 people have been nominated and more than $400,000 in free fuel has been awarded.
This year's reward will be provided in the form of Tanks of Thanks gift cards, valued at more than $2,000, which can be redeemed at any Cenex location. Winners will also receive a case of Cenex Maxtron PCMO 5W-30 engine oil.
"CHS and Cenex retailers have been so inspired by the thousands of stories told through the Tanks of Thanks program that we wanted to do something extra special to kick off the program's fourth year," said Akhtar Hussain, CHS' refined fuels brand marketing manager. "We realize that the Tanks of Thanks program does more than give away free fuel. It empowers people and it empowers communities."
This month's special one-time giveaway is in addition to the $50 Cenex gas cards given to 100 recipients every month through Tanks of Thanks, Hussain said, adding that the program encourages people to nominate friends, family and neighbors for free fuel as a way to say thank you for doing good in the community.
"Nominating someone for Tanks of Thanks is easy, and anyone can nominate or be nominated for any act of kindness — big or small," he said.
The winners of free fuel for a year are:
- Carolyn Hess of Bellevue, Neb., who was nominated for her commitment to weekly baking for the Omaha, Neb., Hospice House.
- Dennis Braley of Grand Forks, N.D., who was nominated for volunteering at the VA clinic every week.
- Jay Hrdlicka of Evansville, Wis., who was nominated for his dedicated coaching and fundraising for young athletes in his community.
- Linda Mac of Mulvane, Kan., who was nominated for volunteering her time to help elementary schoolchildren learn to read.
- Sadie Shuck of Hinton, Iowa, who was nominated for volunteering as a volleyball coach for a team of eighth graders.
- Bob Kohl of Lino Lakes, Minn., who was nominated for volunteering at an inner-city youth organization.
- DiAnna Decker of Huron, S.D., who was nominated for volunteering to teach English as a second language to residents who are new to the country and her community.
- Cami Robson of Clancy, Mont., who was nominated for volunteering for numerous community programs, including Friends of the Library, the Cub Scout troop and the baseball league.
- Susie Powers of Springfield, Mo., who was nominated for volunteering her time with the clothing bank for Springfield Public Schools.
- Kim Kokko of Medical Lake, Wash., who was nominated for providing rides for senior citizens who need to get to an appointment but cannot drive themselves.
New nominations can be made at www.TanksofThanks.com.