Did you know that there is a store within the home dedicated to providing convenience items for the residents? It is located on the first floor just pass the Auditorium and we call it simply, “The Resident’s Store.” It is here for the residents only to purchase everyday items they may need such as paper products, toiletries, cards, soda, candy, and even ice cream bars for a hot summer day treat.
The store was first started by longtime volunteer Norm Zurlinden. He opened the store every afternoon and if there was something he didn’t have, he would run out to the store to get it. He was dedicated to helping our residents by providing basic supplies to those who can’t get out on a regular basis.
After Norm’s passing, the store mission continued on with the lead of Sr. Henri and volunteer Lynn Lyon. They are both very smart shoppers and go out to find the best prices they can to keep the cost down for the residents. Lynn describes, “We sell everything at cost to the residents. Sometimes we do get donations that help tremendously. If we get enough, we can lower the price for the residents. Any extra we make on donated items goes to help our mission. It is usually very small, but every little bit helps.”
If you are interested in donating items to the store, this is a way to directly help our elderly poor. Items needed include toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, greeting cards, small bottles of detergent, shampoo, conditioner and air freshener. Items can be dropped off at the store between 2:30 and 3:30 on weekdays or left at the front desk with attention to Lynn Lyons.
We appreciate your interest in advance. We would also like to give a special thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who keep the store running. Bill, Mary Anne, Leland, Frank, Lou, Lynn, and Lynn’s Sisters – thank you for your dedication to making the resident’s happy!