On Friday, July 1st, a box truck full of donations from Fruth Pharmacy customers and employees left for areas affected by the recent flooding.
There were so many donations, that not all of them could fit on the truck for the first delivery.
After the ing occurred, Amy Nelson, Gift Category Manager for Fruth Pharmacy, very quickly began bringing Fruth Pharmacy into action. She called each store location and had donation boxes set-up. She and other Fruth category managers began calling business partners for assistance as well. Signs were posted in-store and requests began flooding social media.
Current and retired employees volunteered their time to drive donations to flood-affected areas. Stover Trucking also offered its services to help drive donations.
Customers that didn’t know what to purchase, requested to be able to donate funds for purchasing of supplies. Fruth Pharmacy’s Point of Sale staff created a special UPC for monetary donations. This enabled Fruth to keep track of exactly how much money was collected to help purchase more needed supplies. Over $5,000 was collected across the 29-location family-owned chain.
Business partner, Heinrich Paper Supply Company, arrived during this week with a truck from their company with another $4,000 worth of clean-up supplies.
In addition to helping bring supplies in for clean-up, donations for children and pets of the flooded areas are also currently being sought.
Grant Butler and Carol Reinbold of Genetco helped Fruth Pharmacy donate thousands of dollars worth of antibiotics and 2 nebulizers to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association for flood affected area pets.
“So many pets were displaced or lost during the flooding. To lots of people, pets are part of their family. For these animals that have been rescued we felt there was a great need in assisting in their care. Watching a family that has lost everything being reunited with a pet is heartwarming. Reuniting with a pet brings back hope and normalcy to a family. That is a big deal during this time. Fruth Pharmacy felt it was important to contribute to these efforts of the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association,” shared Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy.
“Fruth Pharmacy has gone above and beyond to ensure that KCHA is able to care for local pets that have been displaced by flooding. Because of this donation, these animals will receive the care that they need and deserve,” said KCHA Director of Development, Jessie Shafer. “We are extremely grateful for Fruth’s support during this trying time.”
Fruth Pharmacy’s Over-the-Counter (OTC) Category Manager Barbara Taylor, also has been hard at work gathering first-aid supplies for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority (KCEAA). The first shipment included first-aid kits and hand sanitizer. 339 cases of OTC products will be arriving directly to Scott Depot, WV for first responders and volunteers to pick up and distribute to the flood victims.
Nelson is also helping collect for a toy and book drive for the children affected by the flooding. Another trailer full of donations will leave Fruth’s warehouse in Point Pleasant, this Friday, July 8th.
Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 29 stores in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit our website at www.fruthpharmacy.com.