December 8th, 2016

Come by the Rogers Food Bank Friday event on December 9 to donate to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

The annual Rogers Food Bank Friday is on Friday, December 9th with live radio and television remotes at the London Drugs location on Granville and Georgia in Vancouver. Returning for its fifth year, the Rogers Food Bank Friday event will begin at 6:00 AM and go until 6:00 PM. Customers are encouraged to stop by in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and bring a non-perishable food donation or make a donation. The London Drugs at Georgia & Granville will be open at 7:00 AM.

Starting at 5:30 AM Citytv’s Breakfast Television will be broadcasting live from the plaza in front of London Drugs at Georgia and Granville with special guests and holiday cheer until 9:00 AM.

Starting at 6:00 AM KISS Radio will be broadcasting live until 6:00 PM at the corner of Georgia and Granville in Vancouver. Stop by anytime throughout the day with a donation for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and say hi.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization with the intent to help nourish individuals by providing healthy food, education and training. The GVFBS gives support to over 28,000 people every week through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies throughout the Lower Mainland. Suggested non-perishable items to donate to Food Bank are:

  • Protein meat/fish/beans
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Whole wheat pasta/rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned soup, fruit & vegetables
  • 100% Fruit juice
  • Low-sugar cereal
  • Infant food & formula

We look forward to seeing you at Food Bank Friday!



December 7th, 2016

Canadian Winter Preparedness Checklist

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Despite complaints of how it “lasts half the year,” we Canadians love our winters. In fact, we’re proud of them. They’re wonderful for curling up at home, visiting family and friends, and playing in the snow.

But our winter has a dark side with the risk of power outs, frostbite, vehicle mishaps, and more. As with any danger, the key is good preparation. Here are some helpful checklists for winter safety indoors, outdoors, and on the road. They’ll help you survive a Canadian winter in style:

In The Home…

Blackout Basics: Home is the coziest place to be during winter. Until there’s a power outage, that is. That’s when you’ll need three days of food and water, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio, candles, flashlights, and a few board games, too.

Fire Logs: When waiting out cold snaps and nasty colds alike, a roaring fire makes your home into a sanctuary. But maintaining a woodpile can be impractical. Luckily, artificial logs burn for hours. No fireplace? Grab a space heater, instead.  

A Generator: During prolonged blackouts, a generator can power all your survival essentials, like the heaters we mentioned before and so much more. Just keep it full of fuel and stored away. Even if you never need to use it, it’s great to know it’s there. 

On The Road…

Large Flashlight: If your car is stuck or can’t be driven safely, you might need to flag down assistance or head for nearby help on foot. In those cases, you’ll be glad to have a large, very bright flashlight to ensure you’re easily seen. 

Quality Scraper & Shovel: Don’t be forced to push snow around with your boot or use the old credit card window-cleaning trick this winter. Get a full-sized shovel and a quality scraper, instead. You’ll thank yourself later.

A GPS Tracker: Planning a long winter car trip? There’s a good chance you’ll leave cellular reception far behind. So it’s always smart to let someone know where you’re headed. Even better? Give them the ability to track you via satellite

And Out In The Snow.

Warming Pads: Being outdoors is exhilarating in the wintertime. But before long, your fingers and toes will start smarting. Or worse, they’ll become numb. Keep the fun going with heating pads for your hands and feet.

Insulated Drink Container: Canadians know the only thing better than a warm drink at home is one outdoors. If you’re headed out beyond the coffee shops (difficult in Canada, we know), a quality insulated container, like this one from Thermos, will save the day.

Phone Charger: You’ve been out all day taking and sharing pictures of your winter fun when you suddenly realize your battery is getting low. Sound familiar? For safety and convenience, carry a pocket-sized phone charger wherever you go. 

For more advice on winterizing your home, yourself, or your car, speak to an LD Expert today. Or, to make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online.

Stay safe and enjoy the winter, everyone. 



December 4th, 2016

Special delivery from London Drugs and The Honest Company

Our new LDExtras program is built around delighting our members with rewards. That’s why we recently partnered with The Honest Company to thank one of our valued members.

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Last week London Drugs and Honest surprised customer Darcee with an Honest cruise bicycle, complete with a hand-written card from Honest Company Founder Jessica Alba!

 

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Sign up to become an LDExtras member and receive exciting rewards and surprises like this one! When you sign up you’ll also be entered for a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree*.

Learn more about this exciting new program by London Drugs at LDExtras.com.


*Terms and conditions apply. Chance to win depends on number of entries. Selected entrant must answer skill testing question to win. No purchase necessary. This contest is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec).



December 2nd, 2016

Top Gifts for Foodies

Black Friday has passed and advent calendars are already missing some doors. Still have holiday shopping to do? Then it’s time to get serious. Don’t worry, we can help.

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Starting with Top Gifts for Busy Women and Top Gifts for Techies, we’re posting gift guides for a different group each week, including everything from stocking stuffers to show stoppers.

This week, it’s our buying guide for foodies. Whether the aspiring or actual chef in your life is a nutrition nut, an entertainer, a home baker, or an everyday meal maker, we’ve got you covered.

Foodies Gift Guide 2016

Here’s our guide to buying a deliciously perfect gift for the foodie on your list.

1. Remix Their Mixer

Mixer Attachments Gift GuideThe foodie on your list may already own a countertop mixer, most likely from KitchenAid. Assuming they do, why stop there when so many accessories and attachments are available?

You see, these mechanical marvels can be repurposed to drive everything from grain mills to pasta makers and so much more. That includes simple attachments like different bowls and beaters, even spill guards. There are also adorable quilted mixer covers available as special order items.

If the foodie among your family or friends doesn’t have a countertop mixer, consider working to fix that. They make great group gifts and the proud new owner will think of you whenever they use it, which will be a lot.

2. Expand Their Toolbox

Kitchen Tool Gift GuideFoodies love to try new things, especially new cooking techniques. You can help them out by buying them a new niche utensil or specialized appliance. For foodies, this feels like getting a new tool in their toolbelt.

The trick is finding something they don’t already have. Depending on how stocked their kitchen is, that can sometimes be tough. But no foodie truly has everything and new gadgets become popular all the time.

So here are some ideas to help you think outside the ice box. How about a zester, a frothera muddlera fry cuttera pestle & mortar, or a kitchen mandolin. Not even sure what some of those do? Perfect. That’s a good sign.

Want more kitchen tool and gadget ideas? Here’s a few hundred .

3. Mind The Cooking Basics

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For foodies, like the rest of us, it’s very easy to get caught up in the thrill of the new and unusual. But foodies are also in constant need of upgrades, replacements, and back-ups for their kitchen basics. Like a plain white tee, these kitchen staples never go out of style.

We’re talking pots, pans, baking sheets, knives, and, of course, spatulas. Plus, a lot more. If they use it more than weekly, it’s a staple. If you can give your foodie a basic with a twist, perhaps in an unconventional size or shape, that’s a bonus. But don’t be afraid to stick to tried-and-true classics either.

For many foodies, it’s tough to let go of an old favourite or to realize just how worn out it has become. Until a shiny new kitchen basic arrives, that is. And there’s no better time to start fresh than the holidays.

4. Wanted: Quality Ingredients

Natural Honey Gift GuideNo amount of kitchen attachments, gadgets or basics is worth much without the real star of all culinary creation: the food. That’s why foodies are always looking out for quality ingredients.

You see, they don’t experience the world quite like the rest of us. Where some see simply dried fruit, they’ve discovered the key ingredient for incredible scones. When others see only roasted nuts, they know it’s a superstar ingredient that can be grated, ground, or grilled in enough recipes to make your head spin.

The point is, you don’t need to know what they’ll do with it. Just make sure any ingredients you buy them are of high quality. They’ll take it from there, trust us. If you’re lucky, you might even get a taste of whatever they whip up.

For more gift-giving advice for the foodie on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online.

We’ll be back next week with a top gift guide for photographers. See you then! 



November 30th, 2016

How to Make the Perfect Care Package

Care packages are the perfect remedy for those who are feeling homesick this holiday season. Whether they’re overseas on a business trip, across the country studying for exams, or even just next door fighting the flu, everyone will be grateful for a little thoughtful delivery. Perk up a loved one’s day by making them a care package for every occasion.

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Keys to a great care package

You don’t have to blow the budget to assemble the perfect care package. Make sure to keep these tips in mind before you begin:

  1. Look for decorative bins and multipurpose storage boxes to contain your gifts. Not only will they keep everything safe and neatly packed, but they can also be reused.
  2. Wrap your items in tissue paper for added cushioning, and invest in some bubble wrap if you’ve included any breakables.
  3. If you’re planning to send food, make sure to double check with your postal outlet for any restrictions. If anything has the ability to melt or burst, this is where the bubble wrap comes in handy.
  4. Don’t go overboard – keep it small. This will make it cheaper to ship, and easier for the recipient to bring home.
  5. Take your package to the post office and have it weighed to ensure that there are no shipping complications. If you’re on a deadline, have the parcel expedited.
  6. Have fun! Surprise your loved one with inside joke items, heartfelt notes and anything you think will put a smile on their face.

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Make it a treat

Most people are excited whenever they receive snail mail that isn’t a bill. Make it extra special for them this season, and include something that they may not have time to pamper themselves with on a day-to-day basis.

Make it tasty

If someone is missing home and unable to get their hands on certain food products where they are, make sure to include their favourite snack or holiday treat for a little taste of home.

Make it helpful

Everyone needs an emergency kit during flu and exam season. Make yours functional and fun by including necessary distractions along with the essential cold fighters.

Make it personal

Make your care package unique to whoever is receiving it. Include family photos, handwritten cards and anything else that reminds them of home.



November 30th, 2016

Spirit of Giving holiday donation drive aims to collect The Mustard Seed’s urgently needed items

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Donations are being accepted at all London Drugs locations in Calgary until December 24, 2016.

With fewer supporters able to give what they would normally contribute this year, combined with the significant decrease in donations last year, The Mustard Seed has been left scrambling to keep up with the growing needs of homeless men and women in Calgary.

“Donations during the holidays usually replenish us for the majority of the year. But last year we didn’t receive as much as we normally do and this year donations are down again. The shortage is compounded by the fact that we we’re seeing more people seeking help at our emergency shelters. When a guest arrives and we are out of things like underwear or toothbrushes, it causes frustration and pain. It can add to their feelings of hopelessness especially over the holidays which is a particularly tough time of year for people living in poverty,” says Trudi Marx, Sorting Centre Coordinator with The Mustard Seed who works on the front lines to stock the organization’s emergency shelters.

To help meet the increasing demand, London Drugs is supporting the Spirit of Giving holiday donation drive to collect the items The Mustard Seed needs most; things like thermal socks, toques, scarves, gloves and underwear; hygiene items like toothbrushes, deodorant and disposable razors; and supplies for food hampers. All donations will be received and distributed by The Mustard Seed to help give hope to those experiencing poverty and homelessness.

“It’s humbling to realize that the little things – the small acts of kindness – can help turn a life around. Together with the generosity of our staff and our customers, we can come together and show that we care. That’s what the spirit of giving is all about,” says Brady Dolan, Store Manager at the new London Drugs location in Sage Hill in Calgary.

The Mustard Seed’s Most Needed Items:

Necessities for Winter

  • Thermal/wool socks
  • Underwear – new
  • toques, scarves and gloves
  • hand and toe warmers
  • Towels, Blankets
  • Travel mugs, water bottles (not ceramic)
  • Backpacks

Food Hamper Supplies

  • Chocolate/candy
  • Canned vegetables, dehydrated potatoes, cranberry sauce, pickles
  • Boxed stuffing, gravy mix packages
  • 2L bottle of juice/ pop
  • Coffee or tea

Hygiene Items

  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • Disposable razors
  • Deodorant
  • Travel-size tissue, soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairbrush/Comb
  • Lip balm
  • Nail care items
  • Ear plugs


November 24th, 2016

Support a Senior this Holiday Season

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London Drugs is elated to witness the outpouring of support for Santa for Seniors! We applaud the London Drugs team in Northern Alberta for leading the way to help seniors in need in our communities and how their work is inspiring London Drugs’ staff and customers in communities across Western Canada to get involved and give back this holiday season.

London Drugs partners with a variety of non-profit organizations each year to help make people’s lives a little less stressful and hopefully a lot more cheerful at Christmas and other times throughout the year. Here is a snapshot of how we can all support seniors in-need in the following communities. And we will be adding to this list as more stores receive their seniors’ wish lists!

London Drugs stores in Western Canada participating in Santa for Seniors

British Columbia

Granville & Georgia

Robson & Bute

Davie St

West Vancouver

New Westminster

Burnaby Kingsway Plaza

Burnaby Lougheed Town Centre

Surrey London Station

Kelowna Spall Plaza

Kelowna Westbank

Victoria Saanich Centre

Victoria Yates Street

Port Place Shopping Centre

Nanaimo North Town Centre

Langley

Cloverdale

Kamloops

Chilliwack

Clearbrook

Penticton

Alberta
All Edmonton locations

Grande Prairie

Lethbridge

Airdrie

Medicine Hat

St. Albert

Sherwood Park

All Calgary locations

Saskatchewan

Regina Prince of Wales Drive

Grasslands

Saskatoon 8th Street East

Lawson Heights Mall

Manitoba

More information to follow.

Be sure to check back regularly as more London Drugs stores receive their seniors’ wish lists!

Here is the link to the Santa for Seniors delivery in Edmonton in 2015. Get your tissues out!

Thank you to all who participate!



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