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Gift card giveaway an aid to Doylestown businesses


A Jenkintown-based business bought $20,000 worth of gift cards for a number of Doylestown restaurants, shops and boutiques and gave them away to pleased residents on Saturday.

“You never hear of anything like this,” said James VanVolkenburgh, as he pocketed his gift certificate to Busy Bee Toys on East State Street in Doylestown. ‘We need it now more than ever,” the borough resident said.

Alert Medical Alarms CEO Noah Gifford watched as dozens of people, some wearing masks, formed a line to pick up their gift cards that his company bought to support the town’s small businesses.

“We were fully functional the whole time,” said Gifford, of his company during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s super important to give back.”

VanVolkenburgh agreed. “This is good for small businesses … they are quintessential to Doylestown.”

Local businesses are struggling to regain their economic footing since the virus struck in March, forcing a lockdown.

The certificates that Greg and Jane Drebes, of Warwick, picked up will help their two exchange students, they said.

The missionary couple will give the gift cards to the Cambodian boys so “they can go out for dinner. They don’t really have the means to do that on their own,” said Greg Drebes.