Paying it forward

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September 18, 2014 9:30 AM

Wednesday morning, LABIS shopping spree winner Gwen Mohrbutter was given three minutes to shop at Sobeys in Lloydminster. After shopping, Mohrbutter announced that she was donating the food to Bea Fischer Inc. Pictured, from left, Kevin Rusteika, manager Lloydminsters Sobeys; Darcie Pollard, Bea Fischer Inc. director of programming and ability services; Mohrbutter; Leigh Landry, LABIS marketing co-ordinator; and Geraldine Olynyk, LABIS executive director. - Christopher W. Brown Photo

If you were given three minutes to shop to your heart’s content, what would you get?

Meat? Produce? Frozen dinners? What?

Gwen Mohrbutter was given the chance of a lifetime to spend three minutes at Sobeys grocery store in Lloydminster to spend $1,000 of someone else’s money. Mohrbutter said that she hadn’t really planned out a route before heading into the shopping spree that she won by entering into a draw through the Lloydminster Area Brain Injury Service (LABIS).

“I just really wanted to hit the meat section and get as much as I could,” she said.

After her shopping spree, Mohrbutter announced that she was going to be giving the food that she had collected and shopped for to a organization in town that she believed needed it.

“It was Kevin, the manager of Sobeys, who had suggested giving it to Bea Fischer. I was looking for an organization to give the food too, and he suggested it,” Mohrbutter said.

“In the past I’ve had dealings with the organization, and I know that sometimes its hard for them to afford groceries.”

Mohrbutter said that being on a fixed budget like Bea Fischer, it can sometimes be difficult to afford groceries.

Darcie Pollard, director of programming and ability development services at Bea Fischer, said that the donation that Mohrbutter gave is an excellent help for the organization, but the solution to the problem will need more people like Mohrbutter.

“We were very honoured when she told us that she was going to give back to us and this will go along way to helping those people who are currently using the Bea Fischer Centre.”

Pollard said that the contribution is great but more needs to be done.

“We provide services to over 100 clients with disabilities, so it is a drop in the pond, but it definitely will benefit many individuals,” she said.

Pollard said that what Mohrbutter got during the shopping spree was exactly what the organization needed.

Leigh Landry, marketing co-ordinator for LABIS, said that the shopping spree is a great fundraiser for people to get excited over.

“I think that it’s something exciting for someone,” she said. “We want to try and raise funds for our organization, 70 per cent of our budget is raised by fundraising. We want to keep our doors open and provide our services and programs for the people who use our organization.

“It’s just something that attracts peoples attention.”

Kevin Rusteika, the manager of Sobeys, said that partnering with LABIS is a great way to give back.

“Partnering with LABIS, and any other organization, is a great way to help out in the community,” he said.

“I’m a firm believer of giving to the hand that feeds the mouth.”

During Mohrbutter’s run, she went right for the meat department. Rusteika said that is not uncommon for a fundraiser like this one.

“For some reason, everyone likes their meat,” he jokingly said. “It’s a meat and potato type of town.”

He said that before the event today, and like the past four years, he tries to get the meat department to do a little more stocking because of the popularity of meat in the shopping spree.

“I always prepared (the meat) department specifically for the event, so it’s well stocked, so that the shopper is getting what they want,” he said.

Mohrbutter said after the run that the three minutes that she got to shop went by a lot faster than she originally had planned.

Mohrbutter’s grand total came to $1,114.63, the shopping spree was for $1,000, after that reduction, she paid $114.63, the remainder of the cost. “It went by way too fast, and I could of bought much more.”

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