Here’s another great story from Inside Indiana Spring 2013. As told by Andy Wheeler, Salvation Army Eagle Creek Community Center Director

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It’s no surprise that we have impacted quite a few lives just by opening our gymnasium to the children and young adults in the community five days a week for three hours a day. My story is about a family that has been affected by our simple program.

It starts out with two young siblings (10 and 5 years old). These kids show up as soon as the doors open and stay until the whistle blows for closing time. The younger of the two has become a staple in the program. She is energetic and inquisitive. Her older brother has started improving his basketball skills and recently challenged a staff member to a game of one-on-one. The little guy won!

A few months after these siblings started coming on a regular basis, another sibling showed up. He is 18 years old and heard about the gym program. He saw how happy The Salvation Army’s open gym made his younger brother and sister. He just had to check things out for himself. When he did, the program impacted the young man so much that he decided to become a volunteer. He now helps children at the program with their basketball skills.

All of this happened just because we have a facility that is available and has a welcoming atmosphere. We were excited to find out there was an extended family attached to these two young children. We also learned there is one more brother that we haven’t gotten involved with — yet. The mother has stopped by a few times to share her gratitude for taking such good care of her children.

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Andy’s Story

 

It’s no surprise that we have impacted quite a few lives just by opening our gymnasium to the children and young adults in the community five days a week for three hours a day. My story is about a family that has been affected by our simple program.

 

It starts out with two young siblings (10 and 5 years old). These kids show up as soon as the doors open and stay until the whistle blows for closing time. The younger of the two has become a staple in the program. She is energetic and inquisitive. Her older brother has started improving his basketball skills and recently challenged a staff member to a game of one-on-one. The little guy won!

 

A few months after these siblings started coming on a regular basis, another sibling showed up. He is 18 years old and heard about the gym program. He saw how happy The Salvation Army’s open gym made his younger brother and sister. He just had to check things out for himself. When he did, the program impacted the young man so much that he decided to become a volunteer. He now helps children at the program with their basketball skills.

 

All of this happened just because we have a facility that is available and has a welcoming atmosphere. We were excited to find out there was an extended family attached to these two young children. We also learned there is one more brother that we haven’t gotten involved with — yet. The mother has stopped by a few times to share her gratitude for taking such good care of her children.