From the auto dealer who serves dinner at an inner-city tutoring program to a woman who helps bake nearly 800 cookies each week for hospice residents, good Samaritans across the nation are improving their communities. And many of them have received a small reward for their good deeds.

Through the Cenex® Tanks of Thanks® program, now beginning its fifth year, more than 10,000 people in more than 3,000 Midwestern communities have been nominated by appreciative neighbors, relatives and acquaintances for selfless acts of kindness, and have received free fuel as their unexpected reward.

CHS, the parent company of Cenex, and local Cenex retailers across the country want people to notice good deeds and inspire others to go the extra mile, too.

“The Tanks of Thanks program celebrates thoughtful, hardworking people who make their communities better places to live,” says Akhtar Hussain, CHS refined fuels brand manager. “Cenex retailers are proud to be vital, active members of those communities. We would like to encourage everyone to take a moment and nominate someone from their community for the Tanks of Thanks program.”

Each month, 100 nominees are randomly selected to each receive a $50 Cenex gift card that can be used at any of the 1,450 Cenex brand retailers across America’s Heartland and the Pacific Northwest. In the first four years of the program, more than $500,000 has been awarded in free fuel. Making a difference by recognizing goodwill is one way that CHS, a farmer-owned agribusiness, and Cenex retailers are fulfilling their long-term commitment to building stronger communities.

Anyone can be nominated for the program for any act of kindness – big or small. Among past winners are Bob Kohl of Lino Lakes, Minn., who leaves his used-car business every Monday and Tuesday night to serve dinner to 40 to 60 children. Retired accountant Carolyn Hess of Omaha, Neb., bakes cookies for the Hospice House of Omaha. And Air Force veteran Dennis Braley of Grand Forks, N.D., carves plaques for returning veterans.

Visit to make a nomination and to read more inspiring stories from communities across the nation.

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