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September 2018
Ed & Vivian Foster

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This month we don’t just have one Volunteer to show kudos upon, we have two! Ed & Vivian Foster are our newest Thrift Store volunteers. They actually came to us thanks to Vivian who was a member. Once they retired following twenty-five years of retail experience, Vivian told Ed that they should help us out at the Thrift Store. That was all it took. They first started out by bringing in store shelves and then by arranging the stock. Now they work 1-2 days a week moving the items from our center to your house. Ed was originally from Fort Huron, Michigan, and came west to Long Beach thanks to the navy. It was fate that the two met at the Central City Mall (the Carousel mall to you youngsters) where they both worked, each taking turns as the other’s supervisor at various stores. They worked so well together they ended up with six kids, fifteen grandkids, and eight great-grandkids! Thanks to Ed & Vivian for arranging our store and for arranging your time to help us out.


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Its time for us to thank those of us, who have the honor of being called Grandma or Grandpa. September 12th is National Grandparents Day. It was the brainchild of Marion McQuade, a housewife. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. Something we can all understand. Then, in 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Grandparents Day even has an official song A Song for Grandma and Grandpa, by Johnny Prill, as well as an official flower, the Forget-me-not, symbolizing that the memories of grandparents are not faded out with the span of time. So make sure to spend some time with the grandkids and talk to them. Let them know what life was like growing up and how things have changed (for the worse and the better). Give them a family ancestry; teach them about their lineage. After of course they take you to dinner!