Merry Christmas from the Smith’s – 2017

Matthew and Paige Christmas 2017

Though we meet struggles and hardships, God is the stronghold that keeps us afloat. Through Christ, we have the strength to stand when everything else around us is shaken.

God, thank you for the assurance, stability, grace, mercy, forgiveness, strength, peace, healing, and encouragement we have in you! Thank you for all you have done and blessed us with in 2017. All of it is possible because of your birth, death, and resurrection.

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

-The Smith’s

Transfer Baskin Robbins Gift Card Balance to Dunkin Donuts DD Perks Card

DD Perks Issue

My wife recently signed up for DD Perks while in a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins store one day. While we were there, she downloaded the DD Perks app to her phone, created a DD Perks account, signed into the app, purchased a gift card, and tried to add the gift card to the app so she could make a purchase and start earning points.

Baskin Robbins back
Back of a Baskin Robbins gift card

This is where the fun began. When trying to add the card to the app, she received an error saying something to the effect that the gift card number was invalid. We checked, double checked, and triple checked that the card number and pin was entered correctly and that we did not fat finger any numbers. Although this gift card showed Baskin Robbins on the front of the gift card, Dunkin Donuts was listed on the back and should work, right?

The employees in the store said it should work and did not have any advice about why the app was not taking the card except one of the employees mentioned that they had had some issues with the DD Perks app lately. While we were in the store, we just used the app to add money to the virtual gift card and proceeded to use the app to make the purchase and get the points.

I contacted the Dunkin Donuts customer service. They told me that the DD Perks does not apply to Baskin Robbins gift cards and that I would need to take the card to a store and have them transfer the funds over to a Dunkin Donuts gift card. I took the card to the same Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins store I had purchased it from. I showed the gift card and receipt to the employee and explained the issue. The employee said that the card should work with the app but they did not have a way to transfer the money from the Baskin Robbins card to a Dunkin Donuts card. I reminded the cashier that I had called Dunkin Donuts customer service and they said to bring the card to the store to have the balanced transfer. The cashier said they would have the store manager call me.

DD Perks Resolution

After working with the store manager several times, she found out that there is a DD Perks Loyalty Support Team that I would need to call to have them transfer the balance. They recommended that I have an active or empty Dunkin Donuts gift card to transfer the Baskin Robbins gift card to. Then the Dunkin Donuts gift card could be added to the DD Perks account and then transferred to the virtual gift card.

Back of a Dunkin Donuts DD Perks gift card
Back of a Dunkin Donuts gift card

This is the number that I called for the DD Perks Loyalty Support Team: 800-447-0013. I hopes this helps someone else out that runs into this. Just remember that even though you can buy a Dunkin Donuts item in store with a Baskin Robbins gift card, you cannot use a Baskin Robbins gift card with DD Perks. Here is the back of a Dunkin Donuts gift card for reference; notice there is not a Baskin Robbins logo on the back.

Sign up for DD Perks

A Little Thank You

I really appreciate those that have been there for both Paige and I over the past 5-6 months. We have been through a lot. Paige shared a summary of what has taken place up to in her blog post.

Thank you to those that have taken Paige to various appointments when I was in class, working, doing homework, working on projects for school, etc. It means a lot that you would take time to help me out.

I pray that God will truly bless each of you that have volunteered, been praying for us, and sent cards. You all have been a big blessing to us! Please continue that God will provide for us and that He will heal Paige from head to toe.

Thanks again and God Bless!

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
(Matthew 25:40 ESV)

The Crime is Still the Same

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said:

‘Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.

So the doctor said: ‘Ok and what do you want me to do?’

She said: ‘I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.’

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: ‘I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.’

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued: ‘You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.

The lady was horrified and said: ‘No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!

‘I agree’, the doctor replied. ‘But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.’

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.

He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb.

The crime is the same!

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Funeral Arrangements for Paige’s Grandpa

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

William Albert “Bill” Fitton 70 of Albemarle died Tuesday evening, February 9, 2010 at Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle. Services will be Friday, February 12, 2010 at 11:00 am in South Stanly Baptist Church. Rev. Mike Rinehardt and Rev. Bobby Mowery will officiate and interment will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm at Edwards Funeral Home of Norwood.

OBITUARY

William "Bill" Fitton

Mr. Fitton was born Dec. 26, 1939 in Detroit MI, the son of the late Albert and Ivy May Potterton Fitton.  He was owner of Fitton’s Used Cars and a member of South Stanly Baptist Church where he was a teacher of the Men’s Sunday School Class.  He was a US Army veteran, serving as truck maintenance instructor.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Peake Fitton, of the home; 2 sons: Daniel Fitton of Norwood and Tim Hartle of Tampa FL; a daughter, Michelle Adams of Norwood,  4 grandchildren, Paige Fitton, Brandy Adams, Max and Mason Hartle; and 2 great grandchildren: Lucas and Isaac Alexander.

Memorials may be made to South Stanly Baptist Church Building Fund, 40907 South Stanly School Road, Norwood NC 28128.

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