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Welcome buckets are being readied for delivery by Ripon Chamber of Commerce staffers Vicky Eddy and Audrey Keast to new residents moving into the community.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED March 14, 2013 1:42 a.m.

It is seen as a pleasant surprise when “Welcome Buckets” are hand delivered to new residents moving into the Ripon Community.

Chamber of Commerce staffers Vicky Eddy and Audrey Keast were preparing some 25 of the red ACE Hardware buckets they filled with small gifts from many of the Ripon merchants.

Eddy remembered when she and her family moved into town some five years ago that she appreciated a gift from a local veterinarian because she had animals.  She also recalls getting a plant from a local nursery

Keast added that she felt it was very nice that someone from the community knocked on her door and welcomed her family to the community.  She said it was “a nice little lady” who came back three times because they weren’t home when she called. 

Included in the buckets that are delivered by members of a number of churches in the community is a copy of the Ripon Bulletin, the Chamber of Commerce Directory magazine, a wine glass from The Taste of Ripon, a sewing kit, a razor blade key lauded as the world’s handiest retractable knife; coupons from the Ripon Athletic Club, NVS Salon, and Baskin Robbins Ice Cream. Silverado Nursery includes a discount coupon for 30 percent off the next plant purchase.  Blush offers a 15 percent off coupon to new residents.

Those volunteering their time and charged with delivering the approximate 25 buckets every three months are Don Rowe of Calvary Reformed Church; Dustin Hoekstra of Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church; Shirley Enserink  of the First Christian Reformed Church; Bob DeJong of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church and Matt Householder of Ripon Grace Brethren Church.

To date the buckets are delivered to newcomers living within the city limits, however there is consideration to expand the program to those moving into the community in the nearby county areas.

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