CASA Littles enjoy Christmas shopping spree
After pulling his Max Steele Turbo Sword out of the shopping bag, 7-year-old Izrael’s eyes lit up and he smiled — a big smile.
“It’s a toy sword and you sword fight with it,” he said.
Izrael was one of 150 kids in El Dorado County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters and Court Appointed Special Advocates programs who were treated to the annual Saturday morning Snowball Shopping Spree at Target and a pancake breakfast at Lakehills Church. El Dorado Hills resident T Abraham shopped with the little boy, helping him pick out clothes, Spiderman pajamas, toiletries and, of course, the sword.
“It’s a wonderful event,” said Abraham, who’s volunteered the last three years. “These kids are so grateful … and humble. We spent $75 and he said, ‘I don’t need anymore.’”
Big Brother Mark Bassler of El Dorado Hills joked that guys shouldn’t help guys shop; they lose interest after a while. Actually, Bassler and his little Jason Slife, 12, lost their whole shopping cart during the event. They had to ...
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