Costco Employee Gives Back After Terminal Diagnosis


A photo caption from an ABC 7 article about Arlie Smith, a Costco employee from Danville, Calif. reads: “Fans of a cancer-stricken Costco worker surprised him Tuesday with money they raised for him and his wife, which he plans on donating to the Children’s Hospital of Oakland.” 

Arlie Smith has worked at the Danville warehouse location for 21 years. He is affectionately known by customers as the “Costco Guy” as he often checks receipts and is the first and last person shoppers engage with at the store.

Arlie is an active fundraiser during Costco’s seasonal campaigns for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and was one of the top fundraisers in North American during the store’s 2014 fundraising campaign.


He has recently made headlines for being exceptionally giving. Diagnosed with terminal bone cancer last September, Arlie was told he may have just two years to live – but he hasn’t let that stop him from sharing a little sunshine. He is vying to be the top fundraiser for the upcoming Costco campaign in May. You can support him by donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals here.

Thank you, Arlie for your continued support and dedication to helping save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids – your generosity inspires us.

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