ABOVE: Kids love to get their picture taken with “Giraffe,” a Melissa and Doug giant stuffed animal at Lori’s Gifts. Flowers are available for purchase with free delivery anywhere in the hospital.
ucked away as it is, in a corner inside the entrance to KSB Hospital, you might not even realize it’s there. But Lori’s Gifts, a festival of toys, clothes, accessories, snacks, and patient essentials, is worth finding. The gift shop has been serving KSB staff and patients – and anyone looking for gifts for all occasions – since January 2003. Angela James, 55, manages the store, which is part of a nationwide chain founded in 1981 as Lori’s Hallmark. It now has 331 stores in 39 states. “We see all ages, and we have our regulars who come in every week for our discount items,” James said. “We are bigger than common hospital gift shops, and have room to stay organized. We carry a variety of comfort items, and take pride in how we greet people.” Two volunteers and four employees create that welcoming atmosphere. Hospital patients and their visitors looking for snacks, drinks and comfort items are the shop’s primary focus. In addition to robes, slippers, socks and personal care items such as lip balm, hairbrushes, reading glasses and toothpaste, shoppers can get cards, magazines, games, and plush animals. Customized gift baskets are available, as are fresh flowers from Petals to Parties of Dixon, silk or potted plants, and musical balloon bouquets. Specialty items include Noelle clothing, a variety of purses, bags and scarves, collectible figurines, jewelry, inspirational gifts and seasonal items. Another service offered through its partnership with KSB: All of the above can be ordered online or over the phone, and delivered in-hospital the same day, free of charge. Lori’s also provides discounts for volunteers and military members, senior discounts on Wednesdays, and a rewards program. Dudley Winn, KSB’s director of material management, works with Lori’s on the hospital’s behalf. “We want our patients to feel like they are family,” Winn said. “Lori’s is a place for comfort items that improve the moments patients have to be in the hospital.” Jennifer Yeager, 70, has been a volunteer for almost 4 years. “I’m a people person, and I love to work here,” Yeager said. “People also come in who aren’t shopping for family members in the hospital. They are shopping for themselves.” s
RIGHT: Popular coloring books make great gifts for teens and adults staying at the hospital. BELOW: The shop offers many choices of and plush and precious stuffed animals.
Michele Anderson, 54, a representative for Life Vest, a wearable defibrillator, stops in for a snack and a friendly chat with Yeager, who has been a volunteer at Lori’s Gifts for 4 years.
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Dixon Living Summer 2016