Oregon woman welcomes people to area by giving gift baskets, showing best go-to spots

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Published on May 13, 2019 -

Oregon woman welcomes people to area by giving gift baskets, showing best go-to spots

For the past 11 years, Cathy Grender has been welcoming people to the village of Oregon in a special, personal way.

Grender will often schedule a meeting with newcomers, or even people who have lived in the area but just never got around to exploring their surroundings.

Grender said she typically meets people at the Firefly Coffeehouse in Oregon and presents them with a gift basket filled with freebies.

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Oregon woman welcomes people to area by giving gift baskets, showing best go-to spots

If you've ever moved to a new town, you know how diffucult it can be to find the best places to go.

One woman in oregon is doing something good by making the process as easy as possible.

Jamie perez introduces us to the welcome to oregon lady.

Cathy grender pretty much writes her own story "it's been very busy this year.

It's been wonderful doing all these fun visits" we're just taking one page out of it.

"they call me the welcome neighbor lady in oregon" for the past eleven years nats she's helped people new in town get better acclimated.

"i'd probably say close to 1000."

To help them write a new chapter in their own lives and help add to her story too.

"all the wonderful people i've met" she puts together gift baskets filled with freebies... "i always put all these together" things like free oil changes, gas cards, massages, gift cards to restaurants in the area.

Nats?

She'll take all this and hand them off to the newcomers at firefly coffeehouse in oregon.

"well hopefully i can teach you a bit more about oregon that you didn't know" a welcome gift if you will..

Hhaha perfect... something she loves... ...yes in about 45 minutes... you will get the full oregon-101 rundown.

"it's up here by the first kwik trip in town" "i'm going to start giving you all this fun stuff to fill up your bag with " "from home pharmacy, a little pill box for you" "we have three doctors that work over at luki store mackey" "thank you" "massages" "a free large pizza from pizza hut" all at no charge... "this is a free service... the businesses actually donate all the stuff that i give to people" and you walk away with new materials so you can write a new chapter in your new neighborhood.

In oregon, jamie perez news 3 now.

With new materials so you can write a new chapter in your new neighborhood.

In oregon, jamie perez news 3 now.

If you are a business owner in or around oregon and would like to donate items for her gift baskets, she says please reach out.

If you know someone who may be in need of her services, her contact information is on

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