Archive for March, 2013
We want to wish everyone a very blessed and lovely Easter. Have a wonderful weekend visiting and catching up with family and friends.
Spring is finally sneaking into our backyards, but we won’t hold our breath that all of the snow is gone for good!
Happy Easter! Happy Spring! May your holiday be filled with peace and blessings.
If you have any emergencies (and we certainly hope not!) over the holiday weekend when the drugstore is closed, please call the pager: 614-240-8421. Joe will return your call within the hour and can answer questions or even meet at the pharmacy for prescriptions.
Joe recently attended a Plain City Business Association meeting and heard Ray Meister give a short presentation about the Plain City Food Pantry. As most of you know, the Plain City Food Pantry serves all of Plain City, helping both individuals and families who need assistance with food, groceries, and toiletries on a monthly basis. They also provide used clothing. Every month, the Food Pantry helps over 200 households which amounts to approximately 650 to 780 individuals and almost 13,000 meals.
The main thing Ray stated that the Food Pantry can always use is donations of food and time. While many people often donate food directly to the Food Pantry, one thing Ray noted, and that Joe wanted me to pass along, is that the Food Pantry can buy food for better prices than the general public. So if you wanted to get the most food for those who need it, donate money and allow the Food Pantry to buy the food they give to families.
The Food Pantry can purchase more food with your monetary donation than you can. So please donate!
The Food Pantry also needs your time. The Food Pantry is operated entirely by volunteers who give freely of their time and talents. Volunteers are needed to pick up and deliver food, as well as assist directly with distribution of food. Most of the high school students in the Jonathan Alder and Fairbanks school systems are required to complete a set number of community volunteer hours. Working at the Food Pantry not only helps students meet this requirement, but also helps to create an awareness about local needs and establish feelings of empathy and compassion for those going through a rough time.
The Food Pantry is open every Saturday morning from 10 am to noon.
When extra food is available, they also provide an “Open Excess Food Market” that is located at the back door of the Pantry’s receiving area from 10 am to 11:45 am. This market is open to all who have met the Food Pantry’s requirements for food items. The Food Pantry does not want to waste any food, so they ask people to please take advantage of what they have to offer, but to only leave with what they can use.
The Plain City Food Pantry is located at 156 West Main Street in Plain City. Their phone number is 614-733-0909.
Donations can be mailed to: Plain City Food Pantry, P. O. Box No. 2, Plain City, Ohio 43064-1145.
You can LIKE the Food Pantry on Facebook HERE.
The Plain City Food Pantry is a non-profit organization that has been helping Plain City residents since 1983! We send them blessings for all that they do!
Thanks to the efforts of our super gift buyer, Carmen (and her predecessor, Lamphao), we have a ton of really nice items out front just waiting to fill Easter baskets. From jewelry to bubble bath to “nail art,” you can find something for all the children (and adults) you are making Easter baskets for.
We also have a lot of very pretty stuffed animals that will fit perfectly in an Easter basket. And while we are on this subject, stuffed animals are the kind I would encourage you to purchase for your kids’ Easter basket. The live chickens and bunnies and ducks may be appealing in the spur of the moment, but the appeal quickly wears off after the initial instantaneous excitement.
Living animals are a commitment of time, money, and care that can last up to ten years for rabbits. A stuffed animal is a one time monetary expenditure. A stuffed animal won’t bite, chew, or scratch. They are soft and cuddly and like to be clutched in a death grip at night in bed. And when the child is done playing with a cloth rabbit or fabric baby chick, it doesn’t need an adult to feed it or clean up after it. And it won’t die if it is neglected.
The bunny rescuers have a whole campaign at Easter: “Make Mine Chocolate.” They encourage parents to buy chocolate rabbits rather than living ones for Easter. You can read more about the campaign HERE.
I would add that at Plain City Druggist, you can also make yours stuffed–not just chocolate!
I would ask anyone who is thinking about buying a living animal for Easter to stop in and pick out one of our fluffy, soft, faux ones instead!
Beyond the basket goodies and stuffed animals, we also have items that remind people of the true meaning of Easter. We have beautiful gifts for grandparents, pastors, and parents–not just the Plain City kiddos.
So please stop in and fill up a shopping basket with everything you will need for Easter. And if you need some help, ask Carmen or Cherie or Lamphao or Monica or any of our other friendly staff for help making the perfect Easter purchases!
Don’t forget–we have 2 for $1.00 Easter cards, too!
Raise Money for Black and Orange Thanks to Our Friend and Drummer Extraordinaire, Ernie Sparks, and Dance to The Tommy Wade Orchestra!
On Saturday, March 30 beginning at 7 pm (and lasting until about 11 pm) at The Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Road (near Morse Road) in Columbus, you can dance to the music of The Tommy Wade Orchestra and raise money to help Black and Orange Cat Foundation in their mission to spay and neuter area cats.
The featured music will include the classics, standards, and contemporary music made popular by Big Bands of yesteryear. There will also be current arrangements for fans who love powerful performances from a full dance and jazz orchestra. Additionally, there will be vocal renditions from Carl Wyatt and Heidi Turner. Carl Wyatt and The Rendition Classic Rock Band will be performing for each Big Band intermission for thirty minutes. They will be playing music from the 50′s through the 70′s for all the classic rock fans.
A snack bar and two full beverage bars will be provided. Prices are $15 per person.
Any tickets purchased from Ernie Sparks, our drummer friend at Ernie’s Medicine Shoppe in London, or from us at the drugstore will benefit Black and Orange Cat Foundation. Black and Orange gets to keep all of the proceeds from tickets sold by us or Ernie–that means the $15 from your ticket goes directly to help cats in need.
Your ticket will say “Ernie Sparks” on it, so that the bands can keep track of how many tickets were sold by each person participating in the event. Ernie will be playing drums during the evening.
Stop in the pharmacy and purchase your ticket now for $15. You can spend an enjoyable evening dancing to classic music, watching Ernie go crazy on the drums, and helping Plain City kitties all with one ticket.