A banner sign with hand-written well wishes from area residents is hanging in the lobby of Kroger Stonebridge Crossing, 9025 U.S. Highway 64. On Saturday (5.2.20) pizza, soft drinks and cookies were delivered in two shifts to 200 employees of the store which is frequented by many Lakeland residents.
Both were part of an effort by Lakeland resident Elisha Hoskins who suggested the idea a week ago to recognize the workers at the Kroger store closest to Lakeland. Mrs. Hoskins said the associates at Kroger really look out for the customers, working hard to clean the grocery carts and sanitize everywhere. “The response is impressive,” said Mrs. Hoskins.
Last week the sign was available for signatures and donations were taken for the pizza at Nutrition Spot in Corner Shops of Lakeland. Mrs. Hoskins said in addition to cash donations of $370, Lakeland residents Patrick and Jill Lee of the local Papa John’s Pizza donated 20 pies for the recognition day.
Mrs. Hoskins and her husband Dale covered the balance of the pizza cost plus purchased and delivered cookies, soft drinks and plates so Kroger associates had a complete meal Saturday.
From Tim Roberts, store manager and Lakeland resident:
“We are so grateful to our Kroger associates, shoppers and kind Lakeland friends, including Elisha Hoskins, who organized this very special occasion and Monica Pitts and Shanda Beard with Nutrition Spot. We are committed to our community and have a long history of strong support for the Lakeland School System. Our store roster presently includes over 50 residents of Lakeland. We will continue to serve you throughout the current situation and long into the future. Thank you so much!”
… Photos by Jim Willis, Lakeland Currents and Tim Roberts