Families at Samaritan House shelter got a special treat before Halloween—new winter shoes and a fall party to boot.
The downtown shelter held a fall festival party for parents and children days before Halloween. Dressed in costumes and carrying brown paper sacks with candy, children filled the halls of the family floor as they made their way from the arts and crafts room to the clothing room and face painting.
“It’s a good break from the everyday life here,” said Jennifer Mustin, who enjoyed the festivities with her children and husband, Steven Brannon.
Thanks to a donor, children were fitted for new snow boots and hiking shoes during the festivities. Staff helped pair the shoes with the children and photos were taken of the smiling youth with their new shoes.
“Any charity is great, especially when you need it,” said Norma Jean Clause, whose four children received snow boots and hiking boots.
The entire event brought smiles and good cheer to the family floor, and especially to volunteers, who were grateful to be a part of it. Sherry Bearden and her mother Freda Rutherford have provided winter hats, scarves and clothing for the children during the fall festivities for years.
“It’s within our means to help others so we do it,” Bearden said.
Her mother added it’s fun to see the children dressed in costumes and hand out new clothing.
“They’re thankful. It makes it more meaningful when they’re grateful,” Rutherford said.
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