2011-12-29 / Local

30 years in business, 30 years of donations


A VOLUNTEER EFFORT by Bath and Brunswick Elks to ensure that local children in need receive Christmas gifts. Updates written by a Santa Claus Fund volunteer appear in each edition of The Times Record from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. A VOLUNTEER EFFORT by Bath and Brunswick Elks to ensure that local children in need receive Christmas gifts. Updates written by a Santa Claus Fund volunteer appear in each edition of The Times Record from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. The Morning Glory Natural Food Store is celebrating 30 years on Maine Street in Brunswick this year.

Susan Tarpinian opened her store in Brunswick in 1981. She subsequently expanded her store, which is now located on the corner of Maine and Gilman streets. Some readers might remember that Drapeau’s Pharmacy formerly occupied that location.

When you enter the store you can detect the pungent fragrance of herbs and spices. It’s quite delightful, I must admit.

Tarpinian sells an eclectic mix of merchandise. The store specializes in natural and organic foods, vitamins and supplements. They buy fresh vegetables from local farms and feature freshly baked breads that are delivered daily.

I spoke to Susan’s son, Toby, who gave me an insight into the store’s many offerings. The store also features micro brewery beers and specialty wines.

There is an entire wall of granola items, along with different nuts from many lands. Toby said that they offer alternative medicines, as well as homeopathic items. He said Dr. Oz, the famous television host, mentions products that you can find in Morning Glory’s inventory.

There are surprises in every aisle. Adding to all the items on the first floor, Susan has added a woman’s clothing store on the top floor. Morning Glory Natural Food Store is a place you need to see for yourselves.

Why am I writing about Susan Tarpinian’s place of business? Here’s why: Every year since opening the store, she has made a donation to the Santa Claus Fund.

As her business grew, so did her donations. Tom Elliott, who has been a Santa Claus Fund volunteer for the same 30 years that Tarpinian has operated her business, called on her each and every year since 1981.

Tom has always told me about the store and her generous donations. He would tell me that the store is much more than just a natural foods store.

I have to admit that he was right. It is hard to describe because, despite its size, Morning Glory has a lot to offer.

We want to thank Susan for her dedication and continued support of the Santa Claus Fund. Like so many other members of the business community, she has partnered with us and has done so for 30 years. Happy Holidays, Morning Glory Natural Food Store!

The mailbox had some more surprises for us today. We are still receiving donations, and that is always appreciated.

Among the contributors is volunteer Thomas E. Elliott and his wife Karen (Kay). They donated $50. Thank you very much.

We received $25 from J&J&H&M. Thank you, friends.

Robert Long contributed $30. Thank you, Robert. And thank you for all you do for the Santa Claus Fund.

Adding today’s contributions of $105, we have now reached $39,185.92. We set a goal of raising $30,000 in 2011, but we had to spend more than we budgeted to accommodate an increase in the number of requests to help local children.

We’re closing in on $40,000, which would be wonderful. We could salt that away and ensure the future of the Santa Claus Fund.

The mailbox remains open all year, and it is never too late to send a tax-deductible donation to The Santa Claus Fund Inc., P.O. Box 278, Brunswick, ME 04011.

If you want to help children who might not otherwise have a Christmas, this is one way to reach out and give a helping hand. It will warm your heart for having donated to this worthy cause.

I’ll return in Friday’s edition with our final report of this year’s campaign to express my thanks for all your help.

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