Welcome Baskets

NEWCOMERS WELCOMED THE OLD FASHIONED WAY

Shortly after newcomers move to Historic Kenwood, their doorbell rings and Kenwood resident Debby Armstrong greets them with a smile and a pretty basket filled with little gifts. The keychains, pads of paper, pens, refrigerator magnets, coupons, and other items are donated by businesses and residents from Historic Kenwood and the Grand Central District. The basket also includes a copy of the HKNA monthly newsletter, and literature and brochures on area resources.

The tradition, which began in 1995, has become a pleasant tradition and one more manifestation of our determination to be a friendly and welcoming neighborhood. It has also served to encourage newcomers to get involved in HKNA.

Click here to see a letter from our previous "Welcome Basket" lady.

Our welcome basket tradition was featured in an August 28, 2011 Associated Press article published in the Lake Michigan Shore.

IF YOU'RE NEW...

...and you've not yet received a basket, please know that we want you to have one. But knowing who's new in the neighborhood depends entirely on word of mouth rather than a realtor's database, so we don't always know who's new. Please contact Debby Armstrong at atarmstrong_debby@yahoo.com. and she'll gladly stop by with a basket and a warm welcome.

HOW YOU CAN HELP US SEND YOUR NEW NEIGHBOR A BASKET,......

When someone new moves into your immediate neighborhood, please give them your own warm welcome and also contact Debby Armstrong at armstrong_debby@yahoo.com .

We're grateful for donated items, too - the baskets themselves, as well as small items to fill them. Please contact Susan if you'd like to take this opportunity to promote your business with an incentive or to make a personal donation of items you'd like to see included.

Thanks to these current and recent business donors:

Thanks, also, to these individuals for their personal contributions:

  • Tim and Cat Martin
  • Bobbie Talley of Pride Enterprises
  • Susan Avent Irvine
  • Sue & Bill Heyen
  • Kathleen Larrison
  • Members of the Historic Kenwood Garden Workshop