Sacramento volunteers help Salvation Army help families
By Loretta Kalb, Sacramento Bee
So he joined Monday in the effort with three friends and 11 family members.
As the cars rolled by and friends carted a box of food to each, Koppert, 21, talked about his need to participate.
"I came because I feel like it's the month of giving," said the Folsom Lake Community College student. "I do some good, make myself happy, and make others happy, put smiles on faces." He's been volunteering for this program since age 12, when a family member encouraged him to get involved.
About 150 volunteers from throughout the region were on hand. Some stood in the chill to carry the boxes of food that included frozen chickens, dry goods and ingredients for side dishes such as potatoes and stuffing.
Inside, where the bags of toys were lined neatly in rows, other volunteers checked for the basics: one main toy for each child, plus stocking stuffers, said Salvation Army spokesman Syd Fong.
In addition to the thousands of families expected to show up Monday, the Salvation Army is providing food and toys to the California Highway Patrol and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for distribution to 1,650 more families.
"We are really trying to serve the neediest people of Sacramento County," said David G. Bentley, Sacramento County coordinator for the Salvation Army.
Eligible families must fall below certain income levels to qualify as recipients. Those who arrived at Cal Expo brought the necessary paperwork.
Among the recipients was Beth DeWitt of Sacramento, whose friends drove her to Cal Expo so she could collect the items that would make her holiday at home with grandsons ages 4 and 2 a little brighter. Without this event, said the woman, "It would just be a little harder."
It was that recognition of hardship and need that moved many volunteers.
"I think it's a good idea to help out people who don't have gifts or money to afford them," said 16-year-old Brandon Herron, a senior at Natomas High School.
Herron started volunteering four years ago via his involvement with the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, he said. He said he hopes after college to go into law enforcement.
"I feel good helping people," Herron added. "It makes me feel grateful for what I have."
It was Britani Roy's first time Monday volunteering for the annual Salvation Army event. The 16-year-old student at Woodcreek High School in Roseville was accompanying her father, Dan Roy, 44.
Together, they were checking bags for the needed assortment of toys and stocking stuffers. Being there was "cool," she said, and the extent of the need was eye-opening.
"It surprises me," Britani Roy said. "There are so many bags."
1/3 @ 8:30 Congrats to Chris Lewis who picked 14 games to win Week No. 17. Here are the results fo the week...
Patty McElwain held on to 2nd place with Dan Roy and Chris Simas edging out Commissioner Mindt for the last of the money spots. You can check out complete results here.
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Will Patty "Billie Jean King" McElwain be able to hold off the men and hold on to second place ??? Can Russ hold off the trio of players (including his son-in-law) who trail him by 1 ??? Can George Osborne recover from a Week 16 stumble to climb back into the money ??? Will a dark horse run the table and leapfrog their way into some cash ???
We'll be publishing the final standings and coordinating this year's end of season party on Monday so keep an eye out for details !!!
12/21 @ 9:00 am
Youth has been served... The only thing worse than the weather last night was the Vikings and Phil won the tie breaker as a field goal sailed through the uprights with 14 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
12/19 @ 10:00 pm
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Commissioner Kelly's hot week didn't hurt him in the Race for the Porker either. Scott enjoys a 7 game lead with seven players withing 3 games of second place...
Here are this weeks standings...
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