Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (April 19, 2016) – On March 19th, 23 Fruth Pharmacy locations held a baby contest to raise donations for local area charities. Contest entrants paid a fee of $10 to help make purchases for needed baby items. A total of 245 babies entered the contest.
Many places needing help for babies and caregivers sent in lists of basic needs: diapers, formula, food, clothes, bottles, baby dishes, and more. In addition to contest entry fees, community members donated items in collection boxes placed at each Fruth Pharmacy. An estimated $4,700 was raised with contest entry fees and community donations.
The following organizations were supported by this community event: 2 Hearts Pregnancy Center, A New Beginning Crisis Pregnancy Center, Athens WIC Office, Diaper Program, Belpre Area Ministries, Children’s Home Society of WV & Children’s Shelter, Elizabeth’s Hope – Jackson County, Ohio, Elizabeth’s Hope – Pike County, Ohio, Family Resources Network, God’s Hand at Work, Heartbeat of the Valley – Teays Valley Church of God, Lily’s Place – Huntington, Mason County Baby Pantry, Meigs Cooperative Parish, Nazarene Church in Ripley – Family/Children’s Services, Nitro Mission Team, The Brookside Women & Children’s Center, The Gabriel Project of WV, The Mid-Ohio Valley Gabriel Project, and Women’s Health & Birth Center.
Community members and store employees were asked to submit their children or other young family members for a fun baby contest – where the winning children would be featured in Fruth ads and receive a small photography package donated at a discounted fee to Fruth by Amanda Taylor Photography. Each store participating had an overall store winner. Once the store winner was chosen, each manager was to send in a photo to Fruth Pharmacy’s corporate offices for a chance at 1 of 4 photography packages.
Fruth’s location in Ripley, WV had the largest total of contest entrants: 24 babies! Ripley also held a bake sale the day of the event to increase funds for their chosen organization: Family and Children’s Services of the Nazarene Church in Ripley. Waverly, Ohio received the most outside contributions by community members for an estimated total of $500.00 of additional items donated to Elizabeth’s Hope.
“Everyone had a great time with the little ones,” Kevin Archer, Manager for Fruth Pharmacy in Mineral Wells, informed corporate about the contest, “when the lady from our chosen organization came to pick up her donations, she cried upon seeing all the items that our community had collected. The Mid-Ohio Valley Gabriel Project was overwhelmed by all the support.”
“It was extremely difficult for our judges to pick, we had a great group of judges from Winfield – we chose to use community members for our judges – all the babies were cute and they had difficulty narrowing it down to one choice to submit to corporate for a chance at the photography package,” Bob Vogel, Manager of Fruth Pharmacy in Winfield shared.
Out of 23 babies submitted, the following babies were chosen to win Miss or Mister Fruth: Khaleesi Gardner, daughter of Kansas Gardner, of Oak Hill, OH, Hudson Persinger, son of Shannon Persinger, of Winfield, WV, Brody Kennison, son of Greg Kennison and Connie Nolan, Lucasville, OH, and Duke Burgess, son of Alissa and Shelby Burgess, of Ripley, WV.
Fruth Pharmacy has been a family owned company for over 63 years. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 29 stores in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Please visit www.fruthpharmacy.com to find a location.