King Gyros installed a Helping Hands Food Pantry at its 814 Goshen Ave., Fort Wayne, location.

The pantry is filled not only with canned and boxed food but also hygiene items, including plastic bags filled with toothbrushes, deodorant and the like.

A call has gone out for more donated items.

Food pantries are showing up all over Fort Wayne, thanks to a lot of caring people.

Forward Indiana has created a map of 14 pantry locations in Fort Wayne. Businesses in all corners of Fort Wayne have a pantry outside, including Unity Barbershop, 921 E. Pontiac St.; Fancy & Staple, 1111 Broadway; Hair Affair, 6200 Bluffton Road; Southwest Allen County Fire District, 7001 Old Trail Road; and Tangles Salon and Spa, 6724 E. State Blvd.

The pantries have no requirements. They’re there for all to take what they need and give when you can.

Vera Bradley and Crocs create collection

Vera Bradley, Inc., Fort Wayne’s women’s fashion and lifestyle brand that’s expanding beyond its original quilted purses, and casual footwear maker Crocs, Inc., have announced new limited-edition styles in the collaborative Vera Bradley + Crocs exclusive footwear collection that has debuted.

Vera Bradley’s website,, aptly says “Walk on the wild side.”

This is the third time the brands have partnered by using this time Vera Bradley’s signature bright tropical patterns with Crocs’ style. The two started their collaborations in July 2019, followed by the second release of their Crocs at Work™ and children’s collections in the fall of 2020.

The latest collection has Crocs’ iconic Classic Clog ($49.99) and a new style, the Kadee Sandal ($29.99). Both styles will be available in Vera Bradley’s newest patterns inspired by paradise — Rain Forest Canopy Pink and Rain Forest Leaves. Completing the collection are two new tropics-inspired Vera Bradley + Crocs Jibbitz™ charm 3-packs. I’m liking the parrot charms that sell for $9.99 a pack.

The footwear and Jibbitz™ charms are available at and at select Crocs retail locations. The collection will also be available on beginning in mid-May.

Lisa Esquivel Long is a veteran Fort Wayne journalist and Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly editor. To submit items, send email to or call 260-426-2640. ext. 3311.

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