Time is running out to bring boxed and canned nonperishables to The Shops at Main & McGrew (old Argie Cooper Public Library) at 100 South Main St. The “Small Business Saturday” shopping event is this Saturday, Nov. 27.
While we all know the last weekend in November is typically the busiest shopping season of the year, for Main & McGrew owner Danielle Armbruster, it means so much more.
A volunteer with the Shelbyville Community Soup Kitchen (SCSK), she’s once again sponsoring her canned and boxed nonperishable food drive for others in need.
Armbruster, says she was overwhelmed with the community’s outpouring of support during the “Small Business Saturday 2020.” She says the outpouring says a lot for this community, given the difficult year everyone had due to the pandemic.
The Shop was able to collect lots of food, along with $300 in cash—all donated to Shelbyville Community Soup Kitchen, says Armbruster.
“We are so happy that this had such a good turnout . . . . Thank you to the community as well for supporting this great organization.”
While the public square business has sponsored Christmas toy drives in the past, Armbruster says it just didn’t seem the right mission in 2020, when so many people have been out of work due to COVID-19.
So the staff went to work, setting up their display inside the collectible mall, which is filled with everything from antique clocks to T-shirts. There will be discounts available in the store on Saturday for those who bring food items, Armbruster explains.
One wish list item requested most by the soup kitchen, she says, is bottled water. She also would like to see canned meats, like tuna, donated. When giving canned items to the needy, pop tops are preferred but a little luxury item can be a manual can opener. Some of the homeless do not have such modern conveniences in which to open their foods.
While The Shops at Main & McGrew team say they enjoy seeing the donations come into the store, they enjoy most being at SCSK to see it given out to those in need.
“I love being there . . . meeting all the people that come through,” adds Armbruster.
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