s to-do lists grow longer and the seasonal hustle and bustle gets into full swing, Bayview Thriftway shoppers can gather for additional holiday fun, while also giving back to the community through their annual bowl to win a turkey event on Saturday, November 18, 2023. As the Bayview Thriftway temporarily transforms into a bowling alley, shoppers can go for a strike or spare and possibly win big ahead of the holidays.

Freezer aisle of Thriftway set up with a table and a coworker and 10 bowling pins with a customer seen bent over about to bowl.
Bowling for a free turkey at the Bayview Thriftway can be a fun way to kick-off the Thanksgiving holiday and can even be a spontaneous bit of holiday cheer for the whole family. Photo courtesy: Stormans

Bowl for a Free Turkey at Bayview Thriftway

Bowling for a turkey has grown into a tradition for Bayview Thriftway. It’s a way for the owners to give thanks to their customers and help community members in need this holiday season. To participate in the turkey-bowling festivities, contestants should bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Thurston County Food Bank. “It is fun,” says Ashley Paterson, marketing director for Stormans. “It’s something that we try to do every year to get people excited about the holidays and to donate to those that are in need.”

The event begins at 11 a.m. on November 18, 2023, and runs until all of the prizes have been distributed. No prior registration is required, but there is a limit of one prize per family so the cheer can be spread to more people!

Once a participant has dropped off their non-perishable food donation into the allotted shopping cart, they are welcome to get in line for their turn to bowl. An aisle of the Bayview Thriftway will be repurposed into a bowling lane, complete with real bowling pins! Those who bowl a strike will win a free turkey and participants who bowl a spare will win a free bag of groceries. Paterson says this event is a bit of family-friendly fun, while also helping community members in need during the holidays.

“It’s right before Thanksgiving and it’s a fun event,” says Paterson. “And to be able to give back during the start of the holiday season is something that we really try to encourage our customers to do.”

Thriftway grocery cart with a sign that says 'Food Bank Dona'
To participate in the turkey-bowling festivities, contestants should bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Thurston County Food Bank. Photo courtesy: Stormans

Ham Points Returns to Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway Stores in Time Thanksgiving

A beloved tradition for many Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway shoppers, the return of Ham Points has many shoppers welcoming the start of the holiday season.

“During this timeframe, while you’re shopping for your everyday groceries that you’re already coming in for, you’re accumulating points to be able to win a free 4-pound black forest ham,” says Paterson.

From October 23, 2023, to November 19, 2023, shoppers with a free rewards account can gather one point for every dollar spent on most items at Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway stores. If shoppers earn 500 points, they can redeem their points for a free, 4-pound Hempler’s Boneless Black Forest Ham. And if you haven’t had a Hempler’s ham, you are missing out! They are incredible, and also gluten free! Shoppers who have earned enough points can pick up their ham from November 20, 2023, through November 24, 2023, with points expiring after 6 p.m. on November 24, 2023.

a table with plates full of traditional Thanksgiving dinner food items, rolls, mashed potatoes, turkey, cranberry sauce and green beans
Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway shoppers can earn points toward a free ham for the holiday season with the return of Ham Points. Photo courtesy: Stormans

“For the holidays, we’re trying to throw in something for our customers, for being valued customers at our stores,” says Paterson.

Don’t have a rewards account? It’s free and easy to sign up today to start earning points towards that free Hempler’s ham! Just head to Ralph’s or Bayview Thriftway and sign up, or visit the Olympia Thriftways website and click “Create an Account” on the top right of the page.

To learn more about special holiday events and promotions, visit the Ralph’s and Bayview Thriftway Facebook page.


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