Christmas came early for more than 170 children Saturday morning.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County hosted its annual Snowball Holiday Shopping event at the El Dorado Hills Target. The children, teamed up with a volunteer, shopped for toys, clothes and other goodies thanks to donations from El Dorado Disposal, the Steers family and other generous donors.
“It was awesome, wasn’t it,” Big Brother Glen Ingram of Diamond Springs asked his Little, Joseff.
“Yeah, it was,” the 11-year-old replied. “I got this jacket.”
Joseff, his mom Tamara and Ingram also picked up toys and CDs. The Placerville youngster offered a heartfelt “thank you” to the donors and volunteers who made the event happen. “It was fun,” he said.
Village Life writer Wendy Schultz and her little shopper Judy also had a lot of fun shopping for basketball shoes, school clothes (nothing too girly) and other items. She got to know the sixth-grader during the pancake breakfast prepared by Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills volunteers, who woke up early to feed everyone fluffy pancakes, sausage and juice.
Santa Claus showed up to visit with good little girls and boys and take photos. Some adults also took this opportunity to share their wishlists with the man in red. Law enforcement officials, a K-9 officer and firefighters also attended, giving the children an opportunity to check out their vehicles and ask questions.
This was the third year Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rotary and dozens of volunteers dedicated time to helping El Dorado County’s at-risk youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently looking for men to volunteer as mentors, according to Executive Director Judy Knapp. For more information call (530) 626-1222 or visit mentors4youth.org.