Christmas Castle shopping volunteers greatly appreciated

| December 10, 2014
Shopping: Kim Sapp is pictured showing Brookelyn Daley some sock options at one of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Castle shopping days at Wal-Mart. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Shopping: Kim Sapp is pictured showing Brookelyn Daley some sock options at one of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Castle shopping days at Wal-Mart. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

COSHOCTON – Kim Sapp stayed for the whole time at The Salvation Army’s first night of Christmas Castle shopping and was planning on doing the same on night number two.

“This is my fifth year volunteering,” she said. “They’ve helped me and this is my way of giving back.”

The Salvation Army planned on helping 495 kids during its two nights of shopping at Wal-Mart on Dec. 8-9 and greatly appreciated the volunteers who took them around the store.

“The volunteers take the kids shopping and then bring them back to their parents,” said Betty Shutt from The Salvation Army. “They have a slip with what the kids need and make it a special time for them. They get to pick out all their own clothes and it’s their time to shine.”

The Salvation Army works with the families to figure out if the kids are most in need of pants, shirts, socks, shoes or boots or a coat.

“It’s all marked on the slip we give the volunteers with sizes,” Shutt said. “They get to spend $75 and when they check out if it doesn’t add up they can go back to get socks or underwear until it all adds up. We can always use as many volunteers as we can get and the ones we’ve had are wonderful.”

Youth volunteers were paired with adults and Sapp had the pleasure of working with Morgan Anglin a junior from River View. She was volunteering her time along with other members of the school’s National Honor Society.

“It’s been a great experience so far,” Anglin said.

The pair did it’s best to help 5-year-old Brookelyn Daley get the most for her $75. They managed to get Daley both boots and tennis shoes and some great items with pink in them, which is her favorite color.

Daley’s mom, Maria Husk, greatly appreciated what The Salvation Army was able to do for Brookelyn and her other two children.

“This is great,” she said. “They put a lot of time and effort into it.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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