Day 121: A HUGE thank you to Trader Joe's

If you've been following this challenge for a while, you already know that I am a self-proclaimed Trader Joe's junkie.  I think shopping there once a quarter is probably one of the hardest parts of this challenge for me.  I know they aren't a small business, but I love how they feel like one: from the size of the store, to their fabulous customer service.

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Here's reason 8 million why I love Trader Joe's and owe them a gigantic thank you, especially store-manager (or Captain in TJ's speak) Kimberly.

My childhood friend lives in Minnesota, and for the past year her 10 year old son has been battling cancer. What began as Wilms tumor, the removal of a kidney, and much chemotherapy, has now become a tumor in his lung: and with that more chemo and radiation. Needless to say, it has been an exhausting year for my friend, her husband, and their three kids.

Though I wish I could fly there more often, it's just not feasible...this is where Trader Joe's stepped in to help. Living far away it's hard to be a part of her community "meal train." So, I sent "Captain" Kimberly a gift card and she graciously shopped for me. I gave a few suggestions, and she did her magic putting together bags of snacks and easy prep meals for dinner after long days at the hospital.

Kimberly even included a card and flowers from her and the crew. My friend was extremely grateful and touched, as was I. Thank you, Kimberly, for your willingness to help me support my friend. Thank you, Trader Joe's, for creating a community-focused, stellar-customer service business.

Small or not, you will always be one of my favorite companies.

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