Harrisburg Teens Shop For Kids This Christmas
HARRISBURG -- There are only a few shopping days left until Christmas. Some teens in Saline County are taking time out from the holiday hustle and bustle to make sure fellow students don't go without this season.
A group of Harrisburg High School students spent Thursday afteroon shopping. But not for themselves.
"I think it's heart warming to switch it around and be the one shopping for a kid. And someone's going to wake up and have something on Christmas because you took the time," says senior Kennedy Phelps.
Thanks to the Fowler Bonan Foundation, less fortunate kids will receive a full wardrobe and accessories this Christmas.
"Like boots and just different warm coats and gloves and stuff like that. Not everyone has that. There are kids that go to school that are cold," says senior Brenna Butler.
The teens shopped at new store, Factory Connection, looking for items for nearly 35 kids. Store manager Anita Scherrer says, she was excited to be apart of the giving and offered items at a discounted price.
"It makes me feel good to see that these young people are coming in and helping and contributing back at an early age. And I think that they will continue to do that through-out there lives," she says.
Chairman and Co-Founder Dale Fowler has been running the Clothes for Kids Program for 10 years. Just to hear the stories from times past lets him know how great the need really is.
"A councelor that called me yesterday said, 'Dale, I want to tell you about the child, when he opened up his bag of clothes, he took the shoes out and hugged his shoes'."
Fowler says he hopes shopping for others reminds these teens not to take things for granted.
"Sometimes just a pair of shoes has just made that child's day and possible made that child's year," says Fowler.
More than $4,000 was spent for Harrisburg students today. The foundation helps children from 11 counties in southern Illinois.
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