The associates at Family Dollar’s distribution center in Maquoketa are working 10- to 12-hour shifts to keep the 550 stores in nine states stocked with needed supplies to fight the pandemic.

Supplies such as hand sanitizer, paper towels, hand soap, and toilet paper are in high demand in communities.

“One problem the associates faced was, by the time their shift ended, the stores were either closed or the needed supplies were all gone of the shelves, said human resources manager Gery Oestern.

As a result, Family Dollar gave every associate a box of those critical supplies.

“We want to keep our associates healthy and safe,” said general manager Randy Fens.