Walgreens wants to make a difference in Elburn

By on November 26, 2009

Store seeks feedback about how it can contribute
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Walgreens representatives said they want their new Elburn store to contribute to the village in some way in appreciation for its residents’ business.

“We try to make a difference in the communities our stores are in,” said Debbie Knottingham, manager of the Sycamore Walgreens.

In Elburn, first the store officials want to get to know the village and its needs, said Knottingham, regional coordinator for Walgreens community involvement program.

“We would like to see how we can work toward goals in the village,” Knottingham said. “There are a lot of things we can do.”

The DeKalb, Sycamore and Sandwich Walgreens stores have contributed in those towns to organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. The stores also have sponsored sports teams, invited animal shelters to host pet adoption events in Walgreens parking lots, and offered health screenings. In addition, Walgreens pharmacists have conducted informational sessions for seniors who want to learn more about the medications they take.

Walgreens seeks feedback from community members and village officials about ways the store can contribute to the village.

“We are hoping that people will come to us,” Knottingham said.

Elburn trustee Patricia Romke suggested the possibility of allowing Walgreens to adopt a street or park, or help with a village project.

In the past, some businesses have donated money or materials for village projects such as the Veterans Memorial and to various charitable organizations, Assistant Village Administrator David Morrison said.

When Jewel-Osco opened in Elburn in 2007, the store donated a bench for a tot lot on West Shannon Street. The village built the tot lot, Byerhoff Park, and installed the bench in 2008.

The Elburn Walgreens opened in September at the northeast corner of Route 47 and Route 38.