While Christmas is always a special time of year, it gets a little extra push around Dubuque each year thanks to the efforts of a company run by a Duhawk, Paul Fahey (’76)
Each December, Kwik Stop locations provide lists of items for the community to buy that will help families in need. Shortly before Christmas, all of the collected gifts are pulled together and presented to the individual families to help make their Christmas brighter.
Dubbed the “Magical Kwik Stop Christmas,” the event was first organized in 2002 to provide holiday joy to 10 families in need in the Dubuque. Individuals and organizations make the extra effort to purchase and bring in gifts for each family.
Fahey has been president of Kwik Stop since 1985. Since that time, the company has expanded to 12 convenience store locations, as well as five restaurants and the Rainbo Oil Company. It has also expanded its community support and service to lead monthly donation drives for a different not-for-profit organization each year, raising thousands of dollars with the help of members of the community.
“This really is an exceptional way to help the community,” said Sr. Bernadine Curoe (’69), who donates her time with the organization. “It is such a wonderful thing that they do to provide for those families. It is so nice to see it all come together.”