Grocery grab - Shelly Glandon

Shelly Glandon, winner of the Big Brothers Big Sisters grocery grab raffle, dashes up and down the aisles of Fareway on Saturday, Aug. 24. BBBS Program Director Erin Parker takes photos as Glandon passes by.

OSKALOOSA — Shelly Glandon set a brisk pace as she sped through the aisles of Fareway, pulling groceries into her cart.

Glandon, winner of the Big Brothers Big Sisters grocery grab raffle, didn’t have a particular plan in mind, but there was one item in particular she wasn’t going to forget.

“I’m definitely going to get some chocolate milk for the kiddos, because that’s one of the things that you don’t get because it’s expensive; you don’t buy it all the time,” she said. “I’m just going to have fun. Just going to enjoy the morning.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mahaska Program Manager Erin Parker said BBBS partnered with Fareway to do the grocery grab.

“It’s a fundraiser where tickets were $10 and the winner got to do a five-minute spree through Fareway, groceries on us with some limitations,” she said. “And then we pay for the groceries. There were $730 worth of raffle tickets for that.”

There were a few exceptions, Parker said: Alcohol, tobacco and non-grocery items were off limits. Otherwise, Glandon was able to grab up to two of any item from the shelves.

Glandon said she was super excited.

“You give donations to things all the time and you don’t really think about that you’re going to win. So when I saw the Facebook notification that said ‘congratulations to Shelly Glandon,’ I’m like, ‘wait, what?’ I totally spaced it off.”

Glandon is a foster mom and said she loved the idea of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Glandon’s daughter, also a foster mom, tagged her on Facebook for the event and suggested she enter.

“So then when I won, she messaged me and said, ‘wow, you won! You’re welcome,’” Glandon said with a laugh.

Fareway Grocery Manager John Stearns said the grocery grab with Big Brothers Big Sisters was fun.

“Erin approached me with Big Brothers Big Sisters and I thought, that’s a good idea,” he said. “We love doing this. This is great. It’s fun for everybody.”

Before the three minute mark, Glandon went back to the front of the store for a new cart.

Fareway checkers started ringing up the first cart while Glandon continued to make her way around the store. She was back at the finish line as Stearns counted down to five minutes.

It was fun, Glandon said, with a grin.

“It was harder than she thought it was going to be,” she said, and expressed her thanks as she headed out to load up her car, with the help of Fareway courtesy staff.

The shopping spree came to a grand total of $412.57.

Yes, Glandon did remember the chocolate milk.

Managing editor Angie Holland can be reached at and followed on Twitter @OskyAngie

Managing Editor Angie Holland can be reached at and followed on Twitter @OskyAngie.

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