Sporting his favourite pair of running shoes – double-laced to ensure no tripping hazards – and clad in a light T-shirt and shorts, Jordan Blumenauer was seen stretching in the Meadowvale Shopping Centre parking lot Sunday morning.
The 26-year-old Clearbrook resident wasn’t warming up for a traditional marathon, but a sprint that inevitably stocked his family’s pantry and freezer with more than $1,300 in groceries.
Jordan’s father Bob Blumenauer was the winner of the new Pitt Meadows Lions Club’s five-minute shopping spree.
The draw was made last Sunday, and the prize was collected this morning at at the IGA Marketplace in Pitt Meadows.
But instead of the 57-year-old Hatzic resident claiming the prize for himself, he and his wife Kim decided to turn it over to their son – who has a young family that “could greatly” use the gift.
“I just thought it was more beneficial to Jordan and Kourtney – a young family just getting started. Besides, he’s more athletic and handles stress better,” Bob told The TIMES.
Jordan’s great uncle Gordon Blumenauer was a former member of the club. He passed away in February, so when local Lions Club member Bill Barker was casting a wide net to sell tickets for the group’s new fundraiser, he called on Gordon’s family – namely Bob.
Bob never expected to win, but happily bought three tickets – and was astonished to hear last week that he’d won.
So, in preparation for Sunday’s shopping spree, Jordan, his wife Kourtney, and their nine-month-old son Jeremy scoped out the grocery store on Wednesday, and then arrived about a half hour early again today – to review their plan to scoop up as many of their desired items as possible.
Racing up one aisle at a time, each time having to grab a new shopping cart and deposit the loaded carts back at the cash register, Jordan spent a lot of his time literally racing around the store – much to the amazement and amusement of unsuspecting shoppers.
When all his items off the shelves were tallied, the two-and-a-half foot long bill came to $1,210.48, and then Jordan and Kourtney were both invited to stroll over to the butcher and select a further $100 worth of meats.
While Kourtney was quick to grab some family-sized packages of lean ground beef, Jordan was more excited about sinking his teeth into a few barbecuing steaks for tonight’s celebration.
Despite scoping out the store in advance, Jordan said he became frazzled as the horn sounded and he lunged for that first shopping cart.
“I didn’t follow the route as I had planned,” he said.
“I feel like I missed so many things I was going for,” Jordan added in the minutes after his race.
“I even grabbed a few things I had no intention of grabbing,” he added, including crackers and cookies.
But ultimately, he wanted to load up on medicine, diapers, baking goods for his wife, and a surprising 12 blocks of cheese (homemade macaroni and cheese was on tonight’s menu, using up some of their dairy products).
Scanning his carts lined up at the till, and watching all the items cross the conveyer belt at the cash register, he seemed content that he’d achieved his goal.
“It’s hard when you’re running and having to think,” Jordan added with a chuckle, his father observing a few mishaps along the way, including the explosion of a laundry detergent bottle that streamed a trail of soap for a few hundred feet, and a few extra items strewn in each of the aisles Jordan visited.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Jordan said, looking over his take as it was added up.
He noted it would likely take them a few hours, once they got home, to unpack and find space for their windfall.
Jordan is a community support worker, working with adults with special needs, and said the generous gift from his parents comes at a great time for his young family.
While Jordan had never been to the Pitt Meadows store before Wednesday’s first recognizance mission, he said they’d be back.
Store owner Jim Pattenden was elated with how well the shopping spree went, and was glad the Lions approached him and his wife Geri about being part of the event.
As for hosting the shopping spree again, both Pattenden and Barker separately indicated a keen interest.
“We had fun… we had a blast. I thought it was just terrific,” Pattenden said, helping to pack up three carts full of groceries as his wife Geri ran them through the till.
They were pleased to be part of such a fun and rewarding charity project.
With more than 800 of the 1,000 tickets sold, Barker estimated this year’s new fundraiser netted a couple thousand dollars that his group will disperse back into the community through a number of worthy projects and initiatives in the months to come.
He’d like to see it done again in 2014, but is talking about partnering with another organization to help sell tickets.
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