May 13th, 2016

Update on Fort McMurray Fire Relief Efforts

Since May 3, the London Drugs team has been in communication with representatives from Northlands, the Canadian Red Cross, the Edmonton Emergency Relief Society, and the Lac La Biche evacuee centre to discuss and determine how the company, its staff and customers can best help the residents of Fort McMurray.

*Today, London Drugs announces all Fort McMurray residents are welcome to visit any of our Alberta stores and we will provide new, replacement passport photographs at no charge.

In addition to this passport photo offering, we would like to thank our entire London Drugs team for all of your help and support of Fort McMurray thus far. Below is a timeline of support to be proud of.

May 3 – London Drugs enabled donations supporting the Canadian Red Cross at cashier tills at all 78 London Drugs stores and online at www.LondonDrugs.com (As of May 13, $83,000 has been collected from our generous customers.) Thanks to the government’s matching program, these donations will go twice as far bringing the current total to $166,000.

May 4 – A dedicated toll-free emergency pharmacy help line is set up and continues to be available with direct contact to two Edmonton London Drugs pharmacists

The London Drugs events trailer is uploaded with medical and personal supplies and travels north on Highway 63 towards Lac La Biche delivering supplies. Evacuees are told to “flag us down” should they need anything. Once in Lac La Biche, supplies are provided to the Bold Centre. Volunteers learn the evacuees are in need of more water, as well as toys and games to provide distractions for the children.

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January 29th, 2016

Red Cross #PinkDay T-shirts Available at Saskatchewan London Drugs

pink-shirt-dayOfficial Red Cross #PinkDay T-shirts Available at Saskatchewan London Drugs  in support of Red Cross Pink Day on February 24, 2016

London Drugs is proud to join the culture change as the 2016 Red Cross Pink Day campaign begins in Saskatchewan. Join members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders this Saturday, January 30th at our Grasslands location for an autograph signing and Pink Day launch. Roughriders in attendance will be Dan Clark, Nick Demski, and Levi Steinhauer attendance from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to support the Red Cross.

Pink Day is a national movement to create awareness of and prevent bullying in schools and communities. London Drugs is proud to become an official retail partner for the popular Pink Day campaign with the Red Cross.  

“London Drugs has been involved with Pink Shirt Day for years with all of our markets but we were eager to work with a local organization,” said Cory Muir, London Drugs store manager. “We are thrilled to be a retail partner for the Red Cross with this great initiative. Red Cross Pink Day shirts and wristbands are available at all four of our Saskatchewan locations. We want to encourage everyone to join us and wear pink on February 24.”

Pink Day

In 2016, Pink Day in Saskatchewan coincides with the national Pink Day campaign on February 24. Together, all Canadians will unite to bring awareness to the issue of bullying at schools and in communities. Thousands of Saskatchewan residents are expected to turn schools and businesses into a sea of pink to help raise funds for anti-bullying programs in schools and programs throughout the province.

“Pink Day is not just a way to create awareness of bullying, but also a way to give kids the tools they need to protect themselves from this type of behaviour,” said Luc Mullinder, Project Manager for Red Cross Pink Day. “Each year we see growth as more schools and organizations see the benefit of Pink Day and the positive effect it has on our youth. Our goal is to continue that effort and reach every single student with bullying prevention education.”

The shirt and wrist band combos are available for $20 plus applicable taxes with net proceeds supporting Red Cross bullying prevention programs in Saskatchewan.

Support of Pink Day has grown dramatically since 2007, following the actions of two Grade 12 students in Nova Scotia. The students witnessed a Grade 9 student being bullied for wearing pink to school and encouraged their schoolmates to also wear pink in support of this student. Since then, wearing a pink shirt has sent a powerful message against bullying. 



January 14th, 2016

Puzzled Jewelry raises awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder

London Drugs supports fundraising efforts at all BC and Alberta stores January 8 to February 19

puzzledLondon Drugs, Puzzled Jewelry, and the Pacific Autism Family Centre have teamed up to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. From January 8th until February 19th, 2016, a 925 sterling silver puzzle necklace will be available for purchase at all British Columbia and Alberta London Drugs locations to support the new Autism Centre of Excellence. Puzzled Jewelry is a brand with a cause. Created by Patricia James, Keri Kennett and Debbie Siu, each year Puzzled Jewelry designs a unique puzzle piece item to build awareness of Autism. The three mothers joined together following autism diagnoses’ that affected each of their little boys.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental condition that impacts typical brain growth. As a spectrum disorder, ASD has a wide variation in how it affects each person. Common characteristics include difficulties with communication and social interactions, repetitive interests and activities, and stereotypic motor behaviours.

At a cost of $25.00 plus tax, the proceeds from the necklace will go towards the new Autism Centre. Slated to open in the Summer of 2016, the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) core purpose is to become a knowledge centre while addressing the support and services required. The Centre will be the hub for research, and collaboration, providing individuals and their families with resources for their lifespan.

“Supporting organizations like the Pacific Autism Family Centre is important to the advancement of research and awareness of Autism across Canada,” said Kevin Sorby, London Drugs Retail Operations General Manager. “We would like to encourage our customers in British Columbia and Alberta to support this initiative with Puzzled Jewelry to increase community resources across Canada.”

The 925 sterling silver necklaces will be available for $25.00 plus tax at all London Drugs locations across British Columbia and Alberta from January 8th until February 9th. Proceeds from the campaign will go towards the Pacific Autism Family Centre, which will be the first of its kind in North America. Providing resources such as treatment, counselling and assessments, The Centre of knowledge and innovation will involve the development of physical “hub and spoke/satellite” centres located in communities across the province, in collaboration with local community partners. The expertise and information services offered in the hub location will be available to all Canadians with services continually evolving.



December 22nd, 2015

London Drugs Helps Make the Holidays Happier for Seniors

In December 2015, London Drugs in Edmonton partnered with Operation Friendship Seniors Society to provide personalized gifts for 40 of the Society’s seniors.

In less than three weeks, thousands of items were donated, wrapped and delivered by Santa and his elves for the 350 residents of Operation Friendship Seniors Society, with another 150+ packages provided for the Society’s drop-in centre.

“We are so grateful to be part of this program with London Drugs for the first time,” said Jimmy Morrison, Community Relations Supervisor with Operation Friendship Seniors Society. “Many of our residents do not have family or loved ones they can celebrate the holidays with, so this small gesture will mean so much to many. We are thankful to the community for any support they can provide to us, especially during the holidays, and look forward to expanding this program with London Drugs in the future.”

Thank you to our customers in the Edmonton area for supporting Edmonton inner city seniors. If you would like to help a senior in your area, here are the top 10 most popular gifts from the Society’s wish lists.

10 POPULAR GIFTS FOR SENIORS

  • Blankets or throws
  • Slippers and socks
  • Pyjamas, nightgowns and robes
  • Sugar-free candy and chocolate
  • Kitchen and bath towels
  • Clothes such as sweat pants, sweaters and underwear
  • Paper products such as paper towels and tissues
  • Gift certificates for groceries and toiletries
  • Books
  • Board games

Learn more about Operation Friendship Seniors Society: http://www.ofss.org/



December 17th, 2015

The Best Way to Get Into the Christmas Spirit: Giving Back

London Drugs partnered with Airdrie Angel to make this holiday season a bit brighter for families who have fallen on hard times due to illness, financials difficulties and other trying circumstances.

“This is a really hard time of year for a lot of families and it’s really important that we support however we can,” says Colleen Lancaster, Store Manager at London Drugs in Airdrie.

Staff from her store and a group of volunteers from The Carre Group surprised families with everything from a Christmas tree and decorations to stockings and stuffers and gifts for the entire family.

“What a day like this does for all of us is to make us appreciate what we have and how we can share with others,” says Lancaster.

Airdrie Angel founder, Matt Carre, adds, “It’s about giving a lift to the spirit. This is exactly what Christmas is all about.”



December 5th, 2015

Pop-Up Hockey Shop for a Great Cause

Burnaby Minor Hockey, December 11-13, 2015

From December 11 to 13, visitors to Brentwood Town Centre will see a different side of London Drugs. In the spirit of sport and community London Drugs is offering high performance GRAF hockey sticks and skates at affordable prices with partial proceeds going to the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association (BMHA).

Brentwood Town Centre visitors will see the outside of London Drugs transformed into a hockey bench environment with hundreds of GRAF junior sticks and skates as well as senior skates offered for $29.99 with $3.00 from every purchase going to BMHA.

“We are really excited to welcome hockey players of all ages to come in and try on the high performance GRAF skates and for juniors, they get to pick up a new stick or a second stick for a reasonable $29.99 with benefits to BMHA,” says store manager Lorne Pedersen. “It really will be a win win match up at London Drugs this weekend.”

The store will be playing some of hockey’s greatest moments on high definition TVs at this weekend’s London Drugs hockey bench.

“We really hope to raise a good amount for BMHA,” said Pedersen. “These players and families are our customers so I’m really happy we are getting this opportunity to put on this event.”

The $29.99 GRAF skates and sticks will be available at London Drugs in Brentwood Town Centre starting this Friday and for the weekend, December 11, 12 and 13.

For more information, please contact: Wendy Hartley 604-817-2758

Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey, December 5-6, 2015

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Maple Ridge residents will see a different side of London Drugs after the weekend of December 5-6, 2015.

In the spirit of sport and community, London Drugs is offering high performance GRAF hockey sticks and skates at affordable prices, with partial proceeds going to the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association (RMMHA).

Valley Fair Mall visitors will see the outside of the store transformed into a hockey bench environment with hundreds of GRAF junior sticks and skates as well as senior skates offered for $29.99 with $3.00 from every purchase going to RMMHA.

“We are really excited to welcome hockey players of all ages to come in and try on the high performance GRAF skates and for juniors, they get to pick up a new stick or a second stick for a reasonable $29.99 with benefits to RMMHA,” says store manager Steve Usui. “It really will be a win win match up at London Drugs this weekend.”

The store will be playing some of hockey’s greatest moments on high definition TVs at this weekend’s London Drugs hockey bench.

“We really hope to raise a good amount for RMMHA,” said Usui. “These players and families are our customers so I’m really happy we are getting this opportunity to put on this event.”

The $29.99 GRAF skates and sticks will be available at London Drugs in Valley Fair Mall for this weekend, December 5 and 6 only.

For more information, please contact: Wendy Hartley 604-817-2758



December 2nd, 2015

#StopDropGive at London Drugs in Support of Bissell Centre

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London Drugs and Bissell Centre launched their #StopDropGive holiday donation drive in support of Edmonton’s homeless community in Edmonton on Giving Tuesday.

The two-week campaign kicked-off with a two-person shopping spree around London Drugs in Oliver Square, which was broadcast live online through Periscope. More than 10 carts of items were collected for Bissell Centre at the event in six hours. Bissell Centre is hoping for a total of 50 shopping carts collected over the course of the campaign.

The #StopDropGive holiday donation drive continues in the Capital Region until December 15, and all items contributed will be dropped off to Bissell Centre on December 16.

“Holidays and the winter season can often be the most difficult for people living in poverty, and we are working with London Drugs this season to collect specific items most needed during the upcoming winter months,” said Devin Komarniski, Manager of Marketing and Communications, Bissell Centre. “With nine additional locations to drop items, our hope is that this will make it easier for people to provide items that will help us care for the 2,000 plus people who have access to our services. We are grateful to all Capital Region residents who continue to support us, and are thrilled to give our supporters easier ways to give this holiday season.”

#StopDropGiveItemsNeededHow to Donate to the #StopDropGive Donation Drive

  1. Stop by any London Drugs location in Edmonton, Sherwood Park or St. Albert between December 1 and December 15, 2015
  2. Drop off an unused and unwrapped donation item for Bissell Centre in the collection bin
  3. Give the gift of hope and help to someone in need over the holidays and winter season

“Even one pair of socks can make all the difference to someone during the winter months,” said Perry Lubberding, Store Manager, London Drugs in Oliver Square. “It’s important for us, as well as our customers, to offer support to the many men, women and families that don’t have a warm home to go this holiday season. It’s wonderful to work with Bissell Centre to help them collect the items they need to continue to offer the care and help they do to so many people.”

BISSELL CENTRE’S TOP TEN WINTER WISHLIST ITEMS

  1. Socks
  2. Hand warmers / foot warmers
  3. Underwear / long underwear
  4. Gloves, toques/scarves
  5. Toiletries (small soaps, shampoos, conditioners, deodorant, razors, body wash, toothbrushes, etc.)
  6. Baby formula
  7. Diapers
  8. Winter jackets
  9. Winter work gloves
  10. Coffee, black tea

Bissell Centre will also continue their regular collection programs for gently loved items, in-kind or financial contributions. Learn more about all the ways to give through Bissell Centre’s 2015 Holiday Giving Guide.



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