Thanks to the Butler County Chamber of Commerce, Christmas is coming a little early.
The chamber’s annual Santa Stops has returned with even more businesses participating this year. Visitors to any of the 35 participating businesses in downtown David City can pick up a free sheet for the program. Those who present this form can receive a free gift or special offer from any participating locations through Dec. 20.
“It’s really just about promoting shopping local, and really benefiting our community as a whole," Chamber Executive Director Kelcie Keeling said.
Hruska Memorial Public Library is one of the organizations participating this year. Anyone presenting a Santa Stops form at the library will receive a free book. Children's Librarian Lucy Watts said the program in the past has encouraged people to visit the library for the first time.
“We had a lot of people we’ve never seen come in,” Watts said about people participating in the program. “Which is good to get them in there.”
On Dec. 21, the chamber is hosting a raffle. Forms can be dropped off at any participating location. The more businesses a person visits, the more tickets they’ll receive in the raffle.
Raffle prizes include an air-blown inflatable Twinkling Christmas Tree from Ace Hardware, a Yankee candle gift basket from David City Discount Pharmacy, a Party Platter from Subway, a Christmas centerpiece from Small Town Blooms by CK and a Sinclair gas card from Northside.
Here is a list of all participating businesses and their gift specialties:
Free Stuff and Raffles
Bank of the Valley, 1855 N. Fourth St., Free gift
Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, 575 E St., Free gift and door prize drawing
Butler County Senior Services Center, 592 D St., Free gift and door prize drawing
D-Sign Shop, 665 S. Fourth St., Free gift
Eye Physicians PC, 428 N. Fifth St., Free gift
First National Bank, 397 N. Fourth St., Free gift
David City Discount Pharmacy, 422 N. Fifth St., Raffle entry with every purchase
David Place, 260 S. 10th St., Free ice cream treat and raffle entry
Hruska Memorial Public Library, 399 N. Fifth St., Free ”like new” book
Jones Insurance Agency, 1831 N. Fourth St., Free gift
Kobza Ag and Home, 1011 A St., Free gift
Kobza Motors, 566 E St., Free gift
Moravec Financial Advisers, 527 N. Fourth St., Free gift
Nebraska Extension in Butler County, 451 N. Fifth St., Free bottle of water
Nebraska Title Company, 402 N. Fifth St., Free gift
State Farm Insurance, 585 E St., Free roadside atlas or key-chain
St. Joseph’s Villa and Court, 646 I St., Free gift
Stop-Inn Liquor and Food Mart, 1510 N. Fourth St., Free car-wash
Union Bank and Trust, 507 D St., Free gift
US Bank, 490 E St., Free gift
Amigos/Kings Classic, 375 Nebraska St., Buy one soft taco or crisp meat, get one free
BBQ, Burgers and More, 536 N. Fifth St., Free, non-alcoholic drink with meal purchase
Dale’s Food Pride, 634 E St., 75 cents off one single purchase of meat or milk (limit to one per customer)
Didier's Grocery, 340 D St., Best Choice medium eggs for sale at $0.99 (limit to one per customer)
Northside Cafe, 1652 N. Fourth St., Buy one meal, get $2 off the second meal
Runza Restaurant, 367 N. Fourth St., 10 percent off of your total purchase
Subway Restaurants, 404 E St., Free cookie with purchase of a foot-long sub
Ace Hardware, 443 N. Fourth St., $5 off a purchase of $20 or more
Avion with Jackie Masek, 20 percent off any purchase
B J’s Hardware, 452 E St., Buy one Christmas item at regular price, get a second item of equal or less value at 50 percent off
Carquest Auto Parts, 537 D St., $10 off a purchase of $20 or more
E Street Discount Pharmacy, 470 E St., 25 percent off a gift item
NAPA Auto Parts, 360 N. Fifth St., Free gift with a purchase of $25 or more
Northside Auto Spa, 1652 N. Fourth St., Half the price for a car-wash with a 10-gallon fuel purchase
Small Town Blooms by CK, 420 E St., 20 percent off of one retail item
Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.