Buyers are getting ready for Christmas, snow

Last minute shoppers plan vacations, watch the weather

Alan Minor drove to Fred Meyer in Southeast Portland to get last minute items ahead of Christmas and a snowstorm on December 24, 2021 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – With Christmas on the way and a winter storm on Saturday, many people were in stores picking up last-minute items for both events.

The Bennett family – daddy Mark, mum Kelsey and kids Emilie, Charlotte, Claire and Miles – drove to the Fred Meyer on SE Hawthorne with their light-decorated van.

“We just wanted to do something festive for the kids,” Mark said. But there was another reason they were there.

“Buns. Apparently if you don’t put them in the freezer, they explode in the fridge. There was a plan. We failed,” he said with a laugh.

“We needed buns for Christmas buns in the morning. So we’re all ready now, “Kelsey said,” but then of course we had to get the sprinkles and the extras. “

Other shoppers also bought their own last minute items.

Jay, who did not give his last name, was there for “yogurt and 2 packets of veg, fresh veg”.

Alan Minor said he was waiting for prescriptions. “So they finally arrived and there were 2-3 items that I thought was best I picked up before the snow started.”

He wore his Santa hat just for the occasion, and it wasn’t as crazy at the store as he expected.

“It keeps me warm and happy during the season. It also brings joy to others, ”he told KOIN 6 News. The store “was a madhouse yesterday. It’s more OK today.

The Bennett family traveled to Fred Meyer in Southeast Portland to get last minute items ahead of Christmas and a snowstorm on December 24, 2021 (KOIN)

Kelsey Bennett agreed.

“I think everyone is just trying to get in and out as quickly as possible,” she said.

Mark said the possibility of a White Christmas was also a priority.

“We cleaned the garage to get the vehicles in, we have salt to put on the sidewalks and the driveway, and then we mulched today just to cover the beds,” he said.

Meanwhile, the kids just want the snow to fall.

“At church they said it was going to snow, so I was really, really excited,” Emilie said.

Charlotte said if the snow fell she was going to “make a snowman”. Claire plans to “hang out and snowball.” Miles had a different idea.

“Have a snowball fight,” the boy said.

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