YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Thursday was a normal work day for lots of people in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys.
First-responders, health care workers and those in the media had to work and some retailers were open and busy on Christmas Day. CVS and Walgreen’s are two big box stores open on Christmas and plenty of people took advantage of the holiday hours, picking up gifts and ingredients to make Christmas dinner.
The parking lot of Walgreen’s on Midlothian Boulevard at South Avenue was packed with cars and customers almost all day.
A manager said groceries were the popular item.
“Picking up a few things to make the dinner special,” Keith Findley of Youngstown said.
Walgreen’s was the second stop of the day for Findley. He is glad it was open because he needed the basics.
“Eggs, butter, milk, bread,” Findley said.
While some have to work Christmas Day, others are volunteering to work shifts for people so they can be at home for families.
“It is very enjoyable. It is a great way to help other people and have a lot of fun,” Arnie Clebone said.
Clebone and his family volunteered to work the gift shop at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown as part of Operation Snowflake.
“Being of the Jewish faith, we don’t celebrate Christmas, so this gives an opportunity to volunteer and take their place for a day,” Clebone said.
His family has been volunteering for 20 years. It is a chance for them to spend time together too.
“It gives me a chance often to be with my son because he comes home and my daughter sometimes comes here and my wife is here,” Clebone said.
Back at Walgreen’s, the shoppers kept coming.