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Mrs. Claus visits with St. Jude patient Roman and his sister.

Santa’s Workshop brings holiday cheer

Dollar General's partnership with St. Jude is giving patients and families an opportunity to experience a bit of the holiday spirit while they spend time away from home.

A winter wonderland is coming to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this holiday season, courtesy of St. Jude Thanks and Giving® partner Dollar General.

There will be treats and toys, elves and other characters — all surrounded by the holiday cheer of the North Pole. Dollar General will host its third annual Santa’s Workshop event for the kids of St. Jude and their siblings.

During the holiday celebration, the kids will get to meet Mrs. Claus, along with a host of other holiday characters, while they participate in arts and crafts and pick out a new holiday toy, each donated by the Dollar General team members personally.

Dollar General District Manager Rena with St. Jude patient Genesis

Dollar General District Manager Rena with St. Jude patient Genesis

Each holiday season, Dollar General raises money for St. Jude through a donation ask at the registers of its thousands of participating locations.

In 2017 alone, the retailer raised more than $2.1 million to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®

A few years ago, one regional leader was in search of a way that would allow his team to live Dollar General’s mission of "Serving Others" during the holiday season. He was so moved by the lifesaving work at St. Jude and Dollar General’s participation in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, that he inspired his team to host the Santa's Workshop event and collect toys to donate to the patients at St. Jude.

What started as a simple act of kindness has grown into an annual holiday event for the patients and families of St. Jude.

Dollar General group visits St. Jude 2018

A Dollar General group visited the St. Jude campus in the fall of 2018


The holiday season is a time to express gratitude and extend joy to others. Through the Santa’s Workshop program, we hope that we are able to make the holidays a little brighter for the patients and families at St. Jude.

Denine Torr, senior director of Community Initiatives for Dollar General


But Dollar General’s Santa’s Workshop elicits the biggest smiles from the kids of St. Jude.

Dollar General has participated in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign for the last 13 years, raising nearly $21 million for St. Jude kids since the partnership began.


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