April 2020
What's Happening this month:

April 12th - Easter - Hopkins Center drug will be closed
There will be NO Double Points Day in April due to COVID-19
COVID-19 Update  
As an essential business, we are here to help you with your essential needs during the Governor's Stay at Home order. Our first priority is to keep our Customers and Employees safe and healthy during this time. During the first few days of the State's Stay at Home order, we have had many people coming into the store to just browse and shop because they have nothing else to do. We love to see our customers, and are glad that you want to come in to just shop and see what is new in the gift department; however, right now everyone needs to be heeding this order so that all of our lives can get back to normal as soon as possible. We have many customers that are considered "at risk" and need to be in the store to pick up medications, and the further we can all distance ourselves during this time, the better it will be for everyone. We do not want to have to limit the number of people who are in the store at any one time, but if people continue to come out like they have been this past week, we may need to take additional measures to keep everyone healthy.

When you are in the store, please keep a social distance of 6 feet from other people. We know that this hard for everyone right now, especially for those who come to see us in times of need. Know that we are still here for you as you go through difficult times in your life, as well as joyful times.  We just can't hug you right now, but know that we want to!!!

Please go to our website and click on the banner on the home page to see how Center Drug is handling business during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are happy to offer home delivery and car-side delivery!

We don't want to sound like a broken record, but here are some reminders on how to stay well during this pandemic:

* Stay home when you are sick.
* Avoid contact with people who are sick.
* Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals.
* Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer).
* Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands.
* Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, or after touching surfaces.
* Clean and disinfect "high-touch" surfaces often.
* Call before visiting your doctor.
* Practice good hygiene habits.
Hallmark is donating 2 million cards to lift people's spirits!

Hallmark is donating two million cards that people can send to family, friends or anyone in need of some reassurance during these heavy times.

Cards for loved ones, neighbors, healthcare workers or senior centers are among the variety available, and the small act of kindness can impact anyone’s day, the Kansas City, Mo.-based company said.

Anyone interested in obtaining a free card, and is in the continental United States, can go to the Hallmark.com/CareEnough website to sign up and receive a free three-card pack, while supplies last .
A Poem to make you smile!

NCPA (National Community Pharmacist Association) published this riff on a Paul Simon Oldie in its newsletter this week, and we thought we would share it with you in hope to make you smile:

Fifty Ways To Beat This Virus

Stay away from the pack, Jack
Don't visit your Gran, Stan
Wipe down every toy, Roy
To keep virus-free.

Don't hop on the bus, Gus
Don't listen to Don, Ron
Don't hoard the TP, Lee
Just stay virus free.

Sneeze into your sleeve, Steve
Stop touching your face, Grace
Keep back to six feet, Pete
Heed the CDC.

Just use the Purell, Mel
Keep wipes in your purse, Nurse
Take care of your stock, Doc
You need PPE.

This isn't Spring Break, Jake
Stay home if you're sick, Rick
As COVID leaps, peeps
Just follow the rules, fools
And stay virus-free.
Fun Cookie Recipe
 
As many of you know, Chris and Robert at the store are big Disney fans. This past weekend Chris ran across this recipe that was on the Disney Food Blog for Jack-Jack's Num Num Cookies. Jack-Jack is an animated character from Pixar's movie The Incredibles. If you ever go to Disneyland or Disney World, these cookies are the greatest! Here is the recipe, and they taste almost like Disney's version! 
Warning:  there is NOTHING healthy about these cookies, but enjoy! Chris whipped up a batch and below is a picture of them---they aren't going to last long!! Make a batch for your family today!
Jack-Jack's Num Num Cookies
Ingredients:

1 Cup Butter (2 sticks)
1 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Sea Salt                  
        
1 Egg
1 Egg Yolk
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 Cups Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Chocolate Chips
Melt the Butter and let it cool, when it starts to solidify, mix in Brown Sugar, Sugar and Salt and mix till fluffy. Mix in Egg, Egg Yolk and Vanilla. Add Flour and Baking Soda and mix well. Add Chocolate Chips. 

Roll into balls and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies. Eat and Enjoy!
Upcoming Double Point Days:
(Be sure to mark your calendars)
Saturday, May 23rd
Thursday, June 18th
Check out our app! If you use a smartphone or tablet and would like another way to refill your prescriptions, then please download it today.
Gift Gab

To all the valued customers who frequent the gift dept.

I would like to send my sincere hopes that you and your families are doing well in these uncertain times. The health and well being of all of you is most important. 

Please know that we are in this together and together we will get through this the best we can. 

I look forward to the day when the gift dept. will be full of happy faces and fun, fantastic gifts!

Please take care.

--Kelsey