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Necessity gave birth to online ordering, curbside pickup

“Necessity is the mother of invention” – Plato and “The only constant in life is change”-Heraclitus seems to be the collective mantras of everyone these days. We are all trying to adapt rapidly just to keep up and stay safe. Shortly after the beginning of the pandemic, the Sisters of Providence knew they had to make a few changes at the Farm Store and Linden Leaf Gifts, two stores located on our campus.

At the Farm Store at White Violet Center, they knew it would be impossible to safely welcome customers into such a small space. Conversely being spring, the chickens and the garden were going to soon ramp up production regardless of anything going on with the world. So in what normally would have taken several months of collaboration, the Farm Store launched an eCommerce platform. Now customers can order online Monday-Friday and pick their orders up curbside from 3 p.m.–5 p.m. It has been very rewarding to be able to supply essential food items, such as eggs, cheese, vegetables and more to our customers during this unprecedented time

Linden Leaf Gifts, also currently closed to customers, already had an online platform, LindenLeafGifts.com, and are still able to ship to customers. Several of our sister volunteers have been filling orders and getting them ready to send. This is especially nice as Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Though many cannot get out, we can all still take time to celebrate mom. It’s also a great way to let loved ones know you are thinking of them as we are distanced. Imagine the joy of getting a special package or even a card at this time. We might not be able to celebrate graduations and birthdays together but we can all still show our thoughtfulness.

On Saturday, White Violet Center will participate in the Terre Haute Farmers Market. Farmers Markets are on the list of essential businesses. They have however had to tweak the way they operate. Customers will need to order in advance for contactless curbside pickup. In order to do that a new web page and order form have been created. The White Violet Center team was able to get that up and running within 48 hours.

So with so much changed it is good to know that the Sisters of Providence are still able to provide a valuable service. We thank everyone for their patience and support during this time and we hope to see you in person again real soon!

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Mary Riley

Mary Riley is the marketing manager for some ministries of the Sisters of Providence including White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and the Volunteer Services.

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