POINT PLEASANT — “I have a passion for babies,” began Fruth Pharmacy Cashier Betty Duncan.
Fruth Pharmacy in Point Pleasant raised over $1,000 in donations for the Mason County Baby Pantry during its Annual Baby Face Event. Fruth Manager Shawn Darst credits Duncan for helping to raise awareness for the Pantry.
“People were really generous,” Duncan explained, “I simply moved some items next to the register and asked them if they would be willing to donate to the Pantry. Ninety percent of the people I asked said yes – they would purchase an item and we would put it in the collection bin.”
Duncan even asked Baby Pantry Director Jassica Legg for a donation when she came through her register line. Legg explained who she was and they enjoyed a chuckle and she thanked Duncan for helping to raise donations for the group.
“My favorite thing to sell was the giraffe rattles,” Duncan continued, “Fruth really had a good sale on baby items to help drive the donations for the pantry.”
Before coming to Fruth, Duncan worked at a daycare for over 10 years. She and her husband Raymond reside in Point Pleasant. They have one son and two daughters. They were blessed with their miracle grandbaby, Bianca, two years ago.
“I really have a passion for babies,” Duncan concluded, “I was very glad to help the Mason Baby Pantry with their good works.”
The Mason Baby Pantry is located at Bellemead United Methodist Church.
“We started the pantry to help fill in the gaps,” Bree Ramey, director of the Mason County Baby Pantry explained. “Many people get help for formula – but they don’t get help for things like diapers, wipes, or car seats. We saw a need in our community and have worked hard to help. We go through baby food quickly – so this donation is awesome. It will help a lot.”
You can reach Legg or Ramey through Facebook for more information on the Mason County Baby Pantry. The pantry is always in need of baby food, diapers, and wipes.
Fruth Pharmacy’s Baby Face Event was held corporate wide. There were 24 stores which participated and assisted several local baby organizations including Lily’s Place of Huntington and The Gabriel Project in West Virginia. For a full list of organizations helped by this event, please visit www.fruthpharmacy.com.
Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 30 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Fruth Pharmacy will celebrate 65 years in business this November.
Submitted by Melanie Sherman on behalf of Fruth Pharmacy.