Dash In Delivers Personal Messages, Snacks to First Responders

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Photograph courtesy of Dash In

LA PLATA, Md. — Dash In convenience stores delivered more than 2,500 personal messages and snacks to healthcare and first responder organizations across Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia through its Snack-O-Gram program.

Dash In, a Wills Group company, La Plata, Md., operates more than 50 locations across the Mid-Atlantic region. It ranks No. 114 on CSP’s Top 202 list of the largest c-store chains in the United States.

The Dash In Snack-O-Gram program was created to show appreciation for local heroes who are keeping communities healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic, the company said. Through the month of May, Dash In customers were invited to participate in the Snack-O-Gram program by visiting, selecting a snack, and writing a note of appreciation for healthcare professionals and first responders.

“We at Dash In are so grateful for the commitment of healthcare professionals and first responders across the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Darleen Nascimento, executive director of brand marketing and customer experience for Dash In. “Our goal with the Snack-O-Gram program was simple: bring our neighbors and neighborhoods together by providing those at home an opportunity to lift up and celebrate the bravery of our local healthcare professionals and first responders with a delicious snack and word of encouragement.”

On June 23, Dash In team members hand-delivered Snack-O-Grams to the following healthcare and first responder organizations:

  • Delaware: ChristinaCare Hospital and Christiana Fire Company Station 12
  • Maryland: UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Branchville Volunteer Fire Department, Hillandale Volunteer Fire Department Station 12, Holy Cross Health Center and Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department
  • Virginia: Chesterfield County Fire Station 16 and Henrico Doctors HCA Hospital

“Our staff was so excited to receive the Dash In Snack-O-Grams. It was incredible to see all of the Dash In employees coming together to make the delivery,” said Kathryn Blaha, donor relations and special events officer for the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center Foundation. “We’re hard at work to keep our communities safe and healthy during this time and we really value the kind words we received—and the snacks!”

In addition to the Snack-O-Gram program, earlier this year, Dash In also showed its appreciation for local heroes with a free breakfast sandwich offer. All healthcare professionals and first responders who visited any Dash In store across the Mid-Atlantic region between April 27 and May 3 received a free breakfast sandwich from Dash In’s Craveable menu.

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