Uniquely LD – Collection by London Drugs

We all love discovering new products, so we thought we would showcase some of the more unique items you might spot while wandering the aisles. This month we focus on our Collection by London Drugs brand, and some of its interesting offerings.

Collection by London Drugs

Collection by London Drugs: a unique assortment of original items you can’t find anywhere else. Each product is designed to meet the highest national brand standards — if it’s in our collection, you’re definitely going to want it in yours.

Pasta Maker

Make delicious dishes from scratch with this Collection by London Drugs pasta maker. The food-grade stainless steel construction delivers long-lasting use, while a simple crank makes it easy to turn out perfectly shaped pieces of pasta. A rounded plastic crank handle provides a comfortable grip. This kitchen essential boasts seven thickness settings, so you can prepare everything from spaghetti to linguine.

Collection Build a Garden – 54 pieces

Unleash you little one’s creativity with our unique Build a Garden toy set. With 54 pieces, there are a wide range of garden possibilities for all types of make believe worlds. From Cars to dolls, this build a garden is the perfect toy to create a love for the natural word, or a fictional world. The only limitation is imagination.

Collection Morph Police Car

From police sports car, to super hero, this RC car unleashes the imagination of all who play with it. With it’s transformation abilities, kids are sure to love it.

Collection Globe Decanter + 2 Glasses Set

Modern and elegant, this globe decanter and glass set fits well in every space. It’s sleek black base, and off axis globe, it’s sure to stun family and friends alike.

Collection Dresser with Mirror

With it’s modern pale wood and bright white finish, this vanity is as chic as it is practical. A great addition to the bedroom or entry way, with two seamlessly integrated drawers offering storage for everything you need. A perfect example of the great furniture options found at London Drugs.

Our Brands

We offer a wide variety products under our own house brands. Our line up of “by London Drugs” products offer great savings and uncompromising quality. From your everyday essentials to premium collections, you can count on the London Drugs Family of brands to deliver great value to you and your family.

These are only a few examples of our Collection line. Browse the full selection of products here. We hope this small sampling inspires you to find the new treasures that await, only at London Drugs.

Thank you for your support in 2020

As we near the end of 2020, we’d like to share our gratitude for your support and take a moment to reflect on the past year. Please listen to our President and COO, Clint Mahlman, as he reviews the year and sends special thanks your way.

 

Happy holidays! We look forward to serving you in 2021 and for the years to come.

 

Find out more about some of the proud initiatives we’ve supported this year:

 

 

From our London Drugs family to yours,
Stay well and stay safe.

Transcript:

Hi I’m Clint Mahlman, President of London Drugs. As we near the end of 2020, we want to take a moment to reflect with you on the past year.

With it being such a difficult time for many, and being a Canadian, Family owned business, it was important to come together and do what we could to lend a helping hand to our neighbours in our communities. At London Drugs, we implemented new initiatives to support seniors, local businesses, Canadian suppliers and nonprofits organizations and more… and you, our customers, rallied together to support one another in a trying time.

Through our Local Central program, you stepped up to help support local small businesses in need. We offered up shelf space to those who had to close their doors, with 100% of the proceeds going right back to those businesses. We also offered shelf space to the Girl Guides of Canada, and your cookie purchases raised over $900,000. That’s a lot of cookies!.

With many schools shifting to virtual learning, the back-to-school season looked very different this year. So in response, we ran our first ever Tech Drive, where you in the community donated hundreds of tech devices that were restored and donated to students and families in need.

As a proud Canadian, family-owned company, it was important to support other Canadian companies. So we promoted with pride a number of our Canadian suppliers and their products, through our Canada Proud program.

Through the Be Kind program, you spread positivity and sent cards to friends, family and neighbours with a portion of the proceeds going to the Royal Canadian Legion. Poppies were also sold in all 80 of our stores and we added another $20,000 to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.

Thanks to you, our Stocking Stuffers for Seniors program had its most successful year ever. You fulfilled the wish lists of over 20,000 seniors, making Christmas brighter for our most vulnerable neighbours. Your generosity was so overwhelming that we had to request additional wish list tags, and we were even able to surprise extra care homes with unexpected gifts for their residents.

In a year when we all had to stay apart, you came together, going above and beyond and becoming true heroes in our communities. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We look forward to another year as your community partner, serving you in 2021 and for many years to come.

Help COVID-Isolated Seniors in Alberta Connect with Loved Ones this Holiday Season: Donate Gently-Used Smartphones or Tablets at London Drugs

 

December 14, 2020 – A device drive is now underway at London Drugs to get gently-used smartphones and tablets into the hands of long-term care facilities so that isolated seniors can connect virtually with loved-ones over the holidays.

Project Joy, an organization founded at the onset of the pandemic to provide connected devices to senior facilities, is asking Albertans to drop off old tablets and smartphones at any London Drugs location in Alberta. The devices will be sanitized, cleared of all personal data, refurbish, and then provide care homes with step-by-step guides for staff to help residents connect with family via Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo or even to receive photos through email.

“That old smartphone sitting in your drawer at home or that previous generation tablet you kept when you upgraded, could be put to critical use, offering virtual visits from family to seniors in our province after months of isolation and loneliness,” says Emily Jenks, Founder of Project Joy.

Devices can be dropped off at any London Drugs location in Alberta at the TECH Department. Android smartphones or tablets less than four years old, Apple iPad Gen 3 or newer and iPhone 5 or newer are accepted. The devices must be reset to factory settings and unlinked from Apple ID, iCloud and any management accounts with the protective cases removed. London Drugs Service Technicians will conduct a complete data wipe prior to it being restored and made ready for use by a care facility.

Since quarantine measures first came into effect at care facilities throughout the province, Project Joy received requests from all over Alberta with many care providers now on the waiting list to receive devices for their residents. With the help of care facility workers, each donated device can be used by up to five seniors to send and receive video calls, photos, and video messages.

“We’ve had families able to watch their loved ones open gifts. These are precious moments that they otherwise would not be able to safely participate in this year.  Seeing that familiar face of a loved one and being able to reminisce with family members reminds them that they are not forgotten, people care about them and that we can all get through this difficult time together – even if we can’t be together in person,” says Joannie Robertson, Recreation Therapist at Copper Sky Seniors Lodge, a seniors facility that received tablets from Project Joy.

All 22 London Drugs locations in Alberta are now accepting smartphone and tablet donations. Laptops, since they are more difficult to sanitize, are not being accepted as part of the device drive for Project Joy.

“As we try to balance the need to protect the most vulnerable, with the need to support their sense of connection, virtual gatherings and video chats may be the greatest gift for older family members over the holidays,” says Ben Pullein, Store Manager at London Drugs.

He says that with limits on in-person gatherings and social distancing guidelines, many customers are desperately trying to set up senior family members with tech before the holidays. Demand for London Drugs’ remote tech support, which can assist with software installation, troubleshooting, device setup and installation remotely from a safe distance has gone up substantially.

“It can be very frustrating to guide someone – especially an elderly person who is inexperienced – through the process of downloading new apps or updating programs. But once the technology is set up, it can really be a lifeline for them.”

DEVICES BEING ACCEPTED FOR DONATION

  • Apple iPad / iPhone
    • iPhone 5 or newer
    • iPad Gen 3 or newer
    • Must be unlinked from Apple ID and iCloud Account and reset to factory settings
    • Remove protective case
    • Charger included if possible
  • Android Phone / Tablet
    • Age: 4 years or newer
    • Must be unlinked from any management account and reset to factory settings
    • Remove protective case
    • Charger included if possible

FAQ

Q: I have a family member in a senior care facility in Alberta. Can they apply to receive a device through Project Joy?

A: Care facilities looking for devices can fill out the device request form at: https://www.projectjoy.ca/what-we-do

Upon receiving requests, Project Joy will evaluate if the center is able to adequately access Wi-Fi and have staff teach residents or be available to help.

Q: How are seniors homes selected to receive donations from Project Joy? 

A: Project Joy’s prime objective has been to help isolated seniors in need in care homes. Typically, a representative from a seniors facility contacts Project Joy, requesting devices for their residents. Upon receiving requests, Project Joy will evaluate if the center is able to adequately access Wi-Fi and have staffing resources to assist residents.

Q: How will the seniors know how to use the donated devices?

A: Project Joy offers participating care homes step-by-step guides for staff to help residents connect with common video chat platforms including: Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo or even to receive photos through email.

Project Joy routinely check-ins with care homes after the devices are donated to ensure they are being used optimally.

Q: How many seniors does one device help?

A: With the help of care facility workers, each donated device can be used by 5 to 10 seniors.

Q: Can Project Joy help an isolated senior not in a care home?

A: The focus of the donation drive right now it to assist seniors in need who reside in care facilities. Each device can assist more than one senior and appropriate care is available to help them use the technology optimally.

Q: Will the care homes be receiving support along with the donation of devices?

A: Participating care homes will receive step-by-step guides for staff to help residents connect with family via Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo or even to receive photos through email.

Project Joy routinely checks in with care homes after the devices are delivered to ensure they are being used optimally.

Q: What devices are being accepted for donation? Why can’t I donate other devices?

A: Android smartphones or tablets less than four years old, Apple iPad Gen 3 or newer and iPhone 5 or newer are accepted. The devices must be reset to factory settings and unlinked from Apple ID, iCloud, and any management accounts with the protective cases removed.

Older devices are not accepted as they cannot reliably manage the video chat functions to make these connections possible.

Laptops, since they are more difficult to sanitize, are not being accepted as part of the device drive.

Q: What happens to the personal data that is on my device?

A: Before donating, the devices must be reset to factory settings and unlinked from Apple ID, iCloud, and any management accounts.

London Drugs Service Technicians will then conduct a complete data wipe prior to it being restored and made ready for use by a care facility.

Q: Are all London Drugs locations accepting device donations?

A: All 22 London Drugs locations in Alberta are accepting device donations for Project Joy. Devices can be dropped off at any London Drugs location in Alberta at the TECH Department.

Q: When do I need to donate my device to the store by?

A: Devices donated before December 23rd have the most chance of being useful to connect residents with family over the holidays.

Q: Can I make a cash donation instead?

A: Yes, monetary donations can be made at https://www.projectjoy.ca/donate-funds.

Project Joy is a registered non-profit with an amazing group of talented and experienced volunteers. At this time, no money goes towards paying staff. Over 90% of money raised goes directly to purchasing devices for those in need. Approximately 10% or less goes to administrative costs such as insurance and credit card processing.

Q: How are COVID-19 safety measures being maintained during this campaign?

A: Project Joy works directly with care homes to ensure safe delivery of the devices, employing a 3 point sanitation procedure – devices are sanitized when received upon donation, again when leaving the technical screening site, and a third time by care facilities upon receiving the devices.

Since laptops are more difficult to sanitize, they are not being accepted as part of the device drive.

 

Proudly Canadian Gift Ideas

Want to support local this Christmas?

You’ve come to the right (Canadian-owned) place!

Tis the season to be shopping local this year, and your neighbourhood London Drugs has a sackful of gift ideas to go under your tree that are made in Canada, designed in Canada or offered by Canadian owned companies.

Visit Local Central

The Local Central section in select stores continues to offer a fresh selection of hyper-local products, such as Kip’s Kettle Corn, Bear Bait Honey, Harry Beard Oil, True Heroes Coffee and more. Check our Local Central listings to see what’s available in your area!

Enjoy Holiday Snacking Canadian Style!

Nothing says holiday time like putting on the comfy pants and grazing on goodies. Whether you like savory, sweet or a little of both, we have a tasty selection of treats.

 

Christmas Breakfast of Canadian Champions!

Whether you like to eat before gift opening or enjoy more of an all-day breakfast, we have great food and snack ideas with a maple leaf twist.

Give the Gift of Canadian Beauty

From companies with deep Canadian roots to entrepreneurs who make their products with ingredients from every province, these cosmetics brands are worth a second look.

Canadian Tech & Accessories

We’re known for more than just snowmobiles and hockey sticks.

Gifts for our Furry Friends.

Don’t forget to get something for the pets!

Zoe Pet Foods – This Canadian owned company makes 100% of their dry pet food in Canada with an average of 80% Canadian sourced ingredients.

Gifts for the House & Home (or Log Cabin)

Canadians love things that practical, useful and beautiful. Like… Canadians!

Salt Spring Island Candles Hand-poured in their coastal island studio.

Starfrit Kitchenware – A wide range of quality products from a Quebec owned and operated company.  Look at this great Starfrit Spiral Vegetable Slicer – $29.99

Trudeau Kitchenware – A Canadian company offering kitchen utensils and accessories to Canada and the world. Everyone could use this Trudeau Filter Press Coffee Maker – $23.99

C&C Candle Company – Gift fresh scents and local love with these hand-poured, 100% soy candles made in Calgary.

Canadian Content

Browse our CDs, DVDs and Vinyl Records for Canadian Classics like The Tragically Hip. Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot and of course, CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe.

Remember, London Drugs has their head office right here in Western Canada (Richmond, BC) so whatever you buy with us, you are #ProudlyCanadian.

Happy Holidays, Eh.

 

London Drugs offering contactless toy collection at six Vancouver London Drugs stores December 8 or drop toys at any London Drugs location

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau down 75% in toy donations

EXTENDED: We are excited to extend our Toy Drive in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau until end of day Thursday Dec. 10th. Toys can be dropped off in store at 7 London Drugs locations.

In a year when so many holiday events have been cancelled, London Drugs together with the Vancouver Fire Fighters Charity have found a safe and simple way to collect toys and gifts desperately needed for thousands of families who depend on the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, which is experiencing 75% less donations than in 2019.

On December 8 from 8 am to 3 pm, Vancouver Fire Fighters will be stationed outside seven Vancouver London Drugs locations with Christmas toy collection bins. Masked up individuals can simply drop off toys and gifts to the outdoor toy bins while maintaining physical distance from the fire fighters and others.

“In a year like no other, it is more important than ever we do everything we possibly can to make this Christmas a happy one for families who are struggling,” said Clint Mahlman, President and Chief Operating Officer, London Drugs. “The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau supports the operations of local Christmas Bureaus and other agencies throughout the Lower Mainland offering assistance to thousands of families in need. We are hoping the public will see this as a safe and simple way to drop off a toy that will go directly to children and teens to open on Christmas morning.”

The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau is seeing an increase in families accessing the services of the Christmas Bureau because of COVID-19. With the challenges presented by COVID protocols around accepting, sorting and distribution of items, 2020 has been challenging to gather the amount of both toys/gifts and monetary support that is so desperately needed.

Having been forced to cancel our large toy drive events because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as anticipating more families accessing the services of the Christmas Bureau this year also as a result of COVID-19, we are hoping our community can help us at this difficult time by donating a toy, or even making a monetary donation at lmcb.ca,” said Chris Bayliss, Executive Director, Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. “We do this one toy, one child, one family at a time. No matter the situation, a child is a child at Christmas time, and during the holidays all they want is that toy to unwrap just like all of their friends.”

 

The public is welcome to drop off new unwrapped toys and gifts for children, tweens and teens at the following locations from 8 am to 3 pm on Tuesday December 8:

  • London Drugs – 710 Granville St.
  • London Drugs – 2230 West Broadway
  • London Drugs – 525 West Broadway
  • London Drugs – 3328 Kingsway (drive-through option)
  • London Drugs – 1622 Salt St. (Olympic Village)
  • London Drugs – 4588 Dunbar St.
  • London Drugs – 2091 West 42nd Ave

If individuals are unable to drop off a toy at those locations, all Lower Mainland London Drugs locations will happily accept donations at all customer service desks which will be forwarded to a central location for distribution to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. According to the Bureau, items for newborns, tweens and teens are always in need. Ideas for teens include cosmetics, jewelry, electronic and gaming items and gift cards.

“Vancouver Firefighter Charities and London Drugs share many common values,” James Docherty, Executive Director, Vancouver Firefighter Charities. “We believe that everyone in our community deserves something special for the holiday season and that this year, more families are struggling in the wake of world events. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, together, we can make this holiday season better for those in-need as a community.”

London Drugs and Carlton Cards launch BE KIND card writing campaign to help with donations to the Poppy Trust Fund

With COVID-19 concerns and precautions limiting volunteers and more people following guidance to stay home, London Drugs is launching a new campaign to help The Royal Canadian Legion with donations to its annual National Poppy Campaign. While poppy boxes will still appear at London Drugs locations – as they do every year – we are hoping to help raise additional funds for Veterans through a new campaign in partnership with Carlton Cards.

BE KIND invites Canadians to send handwritten cards to friends, families, and neighbours, to show appreciation and brighten their day.

“Now more than ever, people need to be reminded they are not alone,” said Clint Mahlman, London Drugs President and Chief Operating Officer. “Whether that is sending love to a friend or family member or showing your appreciation to a Veteran whom you’ve never met, sending a personalized written message can be so meaningful – particularly at a time when social distancing has left many feeling isolated.”

For the first time ever, The Royal Canadian Legion is discouraging spectators from attending Remembrance Day ceremonies in person in order to limit gathering sizes and adhere to physical distancing measures.

“Our Veterans won’t get to see us supporting in person at Remembrance Day ceremonies this year but there are a variety of ways we can show our support including making donations to the Poppy Campaign. We are excited about offering our customers an additional way to support our Veterans with the BE KIND campaign,” says Mahlman.

London Drugs has been a proud partner of The Royal Canadian Legion for decades with Legionnaires and volunteers once again being welcomed to collect poppy funds outside stores; poppy boxes and Veteran pins for sale inside stores; and donations being collected at cashier tills. New this year, the BE KIND campaign will see a portion of sales from all Carlton or Papyrus Greeting Cards between November 1 and 11 going directly to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Trust Fund. Customers can visit any London Drugs store and pick out cards to give.

“Supportive and generous long time sponsors like London Drugs help make the National Poppy Campaign a success every year and we couldn’t do it without them,” says Thomas D. Irvine, CD, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. “We are pleased to learn that London Drugs and Carlton Cards have teamed up on a new initiative to donate to the Poppy Trust Fund. This fund is critical to the work we do across the country to help our Veterans and we are thankful for the additional support this year.”

Donations made during the National Poppy Campaign go directly into the Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund. The funds raised locally are used locally to help with a range of supports and services for Veterans and their families. It can include emergency funding, helping Veterans get off the streets, completing benefit applications or establishing and supporting programs to help tackle operational stress injuries.
Please visit https://legion.ca/ for more information.

 

Sweet ending for the annual Girl Guide cookie campaign after physical distancing measures cancelled door-to-door sales

 Over $900,000 raised for Girl Guides of Canada through retail cookie sales at London Drugs

Diamond Isinger, Girl Guides Canada (LEFT) and Clint Mahlman, London Drugs President and Chief Operating Officer (RIGHT). London Drugs presents cheque to Girl Guides Canada for cookies sold during the pandemic. Girl Guides Canada gave a cookie tin as thanks to London Drugs. The cookies are now sold out at most London Drugs stores.

RICHMOND, B.C.- September 9, 2020 – Girl Guide cookie sales at Western Canadian retailer London Drugs have raised over $900,000 for the Girl Guides of Canada since March. After COVID-19 halted the Girl Guides’ largest fundraising campaign of the year, London Drugs opened up shelf space to safely distribute the cookies through all of its 82 stores across Western Canada and online at LondonDrugs.com. Over 180,000 boxes of cookies were sold, with 100 per cent of the funds raised from the sale of the cookies going back to the organization.

The annual cookie sales campaign is the largest source of income for Girl Guides Canada, who rely on the funds to sustain their ongoing programs. Thanks to the generosity of London Drugs customers, proceeds from the sale of Girl Guide cookies will help provide diverse and exciting programs and activities for girls; and give them the chance to discover new interests, learn valuable leadership skills and make lasting friendships.

“We are grateful to London Drugs for providing us with a safe distribution network to sell our cookies, which has helped raise critical funds to support Guiding activities locally and across the country,” said Diamond Isinger, provincial commissioner for BC, Girl Guides of Canada. “It’s a sweet ending to what had to be a non-traditional cookie sales campaign this year”.

Traditionally, Girl Guides sell their cookies door-to-door, providing the opportunity to get out into their community and develop valuable skills, from teamwork and problem solving to responsibility. With physical distancing measures preventing door-to-door sales, this year was the first time Girl Guide cookies have been sold almost exclusively through retailers – a strategy that helped them sell 800,000 boxes of cookies that otherwise would have been difficult to distribute during the pandemic.

“It is a special honour to have been a part of this year’s unique version of the annual Girl Guide cookie fundraising campaign, as many families across Canada, including my own, have had a connection to the Girl Guides at some point in our lives,” said Clint Mahlman, London Drugs President and Chief Operating Officer.

The first shipment received by London Drugs was for 1000 cases containing 12,000 boxes of cookies in the Vancouver area. From there, London Drugs quickly expanded availability across Western Canada to all locations and made cookies available online, selling 180,000 boxes, totaling $905,540 raised for the Girl Guides of Canada.

“At London Drugs, we take pride in being nimble adapting to change and providing support based on what is happening in the communities we serve,” adds Mahlman. “Being able to quickly offer assistance with the sale of Girl Guide cookies during the COVID-19 pandemic was the right thing to do. And because our customers enthusiastically supported the cause by purchasing boxes of cookies at London Drugs, Girl Guides of Canada now have financial support to help fund their programs for girls and young women in communities across Canada.”

ABOUT GIRL GUIDES OF CANADA

Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC) empowers every girl in Guiding to discover herself and be everything she wants to be. In Guiding, girls from 5-17 meet with girls their own age in a safe, inclusive space to explore what matters to them. With programming options ranging from innovative STEM activities to outdoor adventures and discussions on mental health and healthy relationships, girls in Guiding can customize their experience to dive into the topics relevant to them – all with the support of engaged Guiders who are committed to positively impacting their lives. Guiding is all about supporting girls as they take on challenges and grab hold of every opportunity that comes their way. Girl Guide cookies is the official fundraiser for Girl Guides across Canada. The money raised through cookie sales funds innovative and dynamic programs for girls. Over 6 million boxes of cookies are sold each year and Girl Guides have been selling cookies since 1927. For more information visit GirlGuides.ca and follow @girlguidesofcanada on Instagram or @girlguidesofcan on Twitter.
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