Second year of snowboot giveaway

Democrat photo / David A. Wilson
Volunteers braved the cold Tuesday, Dec. 24, to give away snowboots at the Village Green Shopping Center.

Democrat photo / David A. Wilson Volunteers braved the cold Tuesday, Dec. 24, to give away snowboots at the Village Green Shopping Center. Photo by David Wilson.

— By DAVID A. WILSON

Democrat Staff

Many children received new snowboots Tuesday, Dec. 24, thanks to an anonymous donor. This was the second year for the special giveaway.

Last year, the giveaway was not really organized, since the boxes of snowboots were only available a day or two before Christmas. According to Greg Morrow, pastor of California First Baptist Church, a call was received from the anonymous donor asking if it would be possible to set up some way to give the boots to those who might need them. Morrow said, "Yes," made a few calls to get some help, and arrange with Mike Robertson to hold the giveaway in front of Burgher Haus. As a result, about 20 boxes of the boots, 400 or more pairs, were distributed.

Morrow emphasized that this was not sponsored by the church. The First Baptist youth group simply assisted the anonymous donor to facilitate his generosity and his desire to do something nice for the youngsters.

Morrow said the volunteers are encouraged to say two things to each person, "Merry Christmas," and "God Bless You."

This year, the boots arrived in August, early enough for volunteers to be able to sort the boots and match the pairs. Last year, with time so short, matching boots was harder. This year, it was easier for parents to get the right sizes.

Some of those assisting this year were Luke Freeman, Eli Freeman, Abby Leuckenotte, Emily Ziehmer, Lauren Ziehmer, Austin Barr, Doug Freeman, Alex Dalbey, Brayden Ash, Craig Ash and Youth Pastor Casey Malley.

No money was accepted, either for payment or as a donation.

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