Dusterhoft Family Stores Hosts 9th Annual “We Tend the Pumps, You Tend the Lumps” Fundraiser

Dusterhoft Family Stores is holding its ninth annual breast cancer fundraiser throughout October, including “We Stretch the Pumps, You Stretch the Pieces” events at each of its Grand Forks locations.

The first event took place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, October 1, at its location at 1970 32nd Ave. S. in Grand Forks. Its second and final event will also be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, October 8, at its location at 4314 DeMers Ave.

Throughout October, Dusterhoft Family Stores accepts donations at its two locations for the Altru Cancer Center “Filling the Gap” program, which provides financial assistance for patient transportation, accommodation and nutrition. treated for cancer. The company has raised more than $ 10,000 for the cause since 2012. Dusterhoft Family Stores will also match every dollar in donations for customers who come to the store on Facebook for one record per customer, per day.

Jennifer Donarski of Stray Media Group, who represents Dusterhoft Family Stores, said events have become a Dusterhoft Family Stores staple for the month of October and will be for years to come.

“Every year they do a full service at the pump, an old fashioned service,” Donarski said. “They fill your gas tank, wash your windows and stuff. They have pink-clad volunteers and staff to spread the word, and anyone who wants to donate can donate. It’s a really great event, and they have amazing clients who come to help them every year and support this local “Filling The Gap” program, which is really great to see. “

Even those who do not shop in stores or wish to make a specific donation can come and have their cars filled and serviced to support the cause. Donarski said store employees and customers have spread the word, and many of those people will be the ones filling the tanks.

“These friendly faces are going to be there to support the cause, help out and just ask anyone if they can donate,” Donarski said. “All of this in the interest of a very good local program for cancer patients. “

Dusterhoft Family Stores doesn’t have a specific monetary goal in mind when it comes to collecting donations – only the desire to raise as much money as possible.

Donarski said the operation has become particularly successful in recent years. The event raised over $ 1,200 last year, even with the COVID-19 pandemic raging across the country. She said it was never about people giving large sums of money, just what they could afford.

“Everything is really based on the charity of their local community and their customers,” Donarski said. “We’re so grateful whenever someone can spare a few extra dollars to help with a community event and come together that way. Really, the goal is always to increase as much as we can to give back. “

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