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Friday, August 26, 2011

The To Fill A Backpack "Thank You Very Much"


"Thank You Very Much"

The To Fill A Backpack program would like to send out a "Thank You Very Much" to the unknown lady who paid for the backpacks that we purchased on 08/25/11.

That morning I had been in to the Coudersport Dollar General and emptied their shelves of backpacks and used the programs debit card to pay for them. During the day I had placed an order for about 120 more backpacks that would not be here until next week and had orders waiting to be filled.

I went back that night for more backpacks and because of the charges that had been placed on the account that day our debit card was being denied (because of the daily limit). I told the manager to hold on to the backpacks for me because I would be back in the morning to pick them up with a check until I was sure that the account had been cleared to use the card again. She told me to take the bags with me and bring a check in the morning so that she could clear her cash drawer.

Apparently this anonymous lady who was standing 2 people behind me in line overheard my dilemma and when she got up to the counter she paid the bill for the backpacks.

Unfortunately I was in such a hurry to get out of the store so that I could go to the other Dollar Generals to empty their shelves of backpacks that I was oblivious to who was behind me. I stopped in this morning with the check as I had promised and come to find out after I had left early from work my check had been returned by the manager. It is totally amazing what people will do in our area...it just goes to show you that it might be a small town but the people in it have big hearts. Once again we thank you for your donation and if anyone knows who this lady was I would like to thank her personally.

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

Love hearing that good things are happening in our area.

Anonymous said...

I love Dollar General

Nicki Hafer said...

Reading this gave me goose bumps! God Bless that lady!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it and thank you and that kind stranger for helping the children in our area.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is awesome. Keep up the good work Andy and kudos to the very kind and generous lady!

Anonymous said...

Andy, I also witnessed an act of kindness like that in Rite Aid in Port Allegany about a year ago. @ ladies ahead if me in line, the first one was not ablo to pay for her prescription at that time, and was going to leave it there, the kind lady next in line gave her the cash for it,she paid for it after giving the donor MANY hugs, and stating "I dont even know you" and thank yous she was able to purchase the prescrition. The donor does live in Port & I hope she reads this as this you don't see everyday. You will know who you are. That act of kindness will always stay with me.

Anonymous said...

While I applaud the generosity of this person who was willing to pick up the tab for the backpacks, it was a wonderful thing to do. On the other hand, I feel for the parents who have to pay for their children's backpacks and other supplies that they will get to the one stores in town to carry backpacks at a low price to find that they will have to travel to Bradford or Olean to purchase these items for their children because someone did not have the foresight to order ahead for the Fill-a-Backpack program. Don't get me wrong, I think this is a wonderful program and I try to pick up a few items to place in the donation box at DG. I just hate to think of the possibility of children who may be disappointed in not having a new backpack the 1st day of school just because their parents are able to afford one but may not be able to afford the trip to Walmart to get it.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing. Taking all the backpacks from all the DG's, leaves alot of children out of getting their supplies cheaply. Not everyone gets in on this free backpack program. It's wonderful if your on the list... but what if you just slip through the cracks and don't get a chance at one.

Andy Kulp Jr said...

In regard to the post of Saturday, August 27, 2011 11:58:00 PM EDT...we did plan ahead but didn't have the capability to telepath in to the future to see just how many requests that we were going to get. If I could have planned ahead and we had the money to do it I would have ordered a lot more than the 600 backpacks that I did thinking that we would be covered. This job is not the easiest thing in the world to do and planning ahead isn't the easiest thing if you don't know how many children you will have to supply. If I could figure that out earlier in the year we may not run in to that problem and I could order exactly what we needed. We don't try to take things away from the stores in the area and if these children need backpacks they could always contact us to get one...we ask no information that pertains to their income, etc. If a backpack would make it a little easier on the parents trying to get stuff for school then ask...we'll get them a backpack. We have no stipulations other than "if you need a backpack ask for it and if you don't need a backpack please don't ask for it". As for the post Sunday, August 28, 2011 9:41:00 AM EDT...if a child slips through the crack it isn't the Backpack programs fault. We advertise, hand out flyers, etc. so the information is out there for the people who need it or would like to donate. We take requests from friends, family, schools, churches or whomever...if you know a child that needs a backpack just ask and we'll get them one. We will not turn anyone away because we always have supplies available. The earlier post I thank you for your donations and your comments...for the later post I thank you for your comments and for your donations if you donated. This is our fourth year of doing this program and we will continue to do it until we can just get no donations. The people in the area are very generous and continue to support us. I'm sorry that all the comments on this post can't be positive. If we have the money next year we will try again by ordering 1000 backpacks to hopefully not run in to this problem. The other thing that holds us back from ordering to far ahead is storage...if someone would like to donate a storage shed for us to store our supplies in that would be great. I have given up my 12 x 12 storage shed to the program to store all their stuff and have it accessible year round. I could defend my program all day but I won't because I have to go take care of some backpacks to be sure that those who asked for them will have them for the first day of school.

valerie said...

ANDY DOES A WONDERFUL JOB IF U DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY THEN DO NOT SAY IT AT ALL HE HAS HELPED US OUT FOR 2 YEARS NOW AND I ALWAYS GIVE BACK TO HIM HE IS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND HE CARES ALOT ABOUT OUR COMMINTY AND EVERYONE IN IT HE HLPS WITH EVERYTHING WHEN HE CAN IT IS NOT EASY DOIONG WHAT HE DOES AND I APPLAUD HIM FOR IT ALL U HAVE TO DO IS ASK AND HE WILL HELP U AND AS I SAID BEFORE HE IS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND I LUV HIM FOR THAT THANK U VERY MUCH ANDY FOR HELPING US OUT VALERIE