In every North Dakota community, there are people who go above and beyond to improve where we live. Whether it's volunteering the time to help out at church, shoveling someone's driveway, or refereeing a local high school basketball game, our actions are what makes a community grow and thrive. These simple acts of kindness shouldn't go unnoticed.

Last year, the Tanks of Thanks program rewarded over $130,000 in free fuel to more than 2,600 people across the country as a thank you for contributions to their communities. Over 100 of those individuals resided in North Dakota.

This month kicks of the second year of the Tanks of Thanks program, which encourages people to visit their website and nominate someone they know who is doing good deeds for his or her community.  Each month, 100 nominated people are randomly selected and receive a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card redeemable at any Cenex retail location.

If you know someone who is making a difference in your community and deserves some free fuel, please take a few minutes to nominate them. There is no limit to the number of people you can nominate.

For more information about the Tanks of Thanks program or to make a nomination, visit their website. Any act of kindness, no matter how big or small, deserves recognition!