Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sapulpa Boys & Girls Club Sparks Employee’s Creative Side

Keli Johnson, Administrative Assistant at the Sapulpa Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, has a creative streak a mile long. She’s putting it to good use this month custom painting backpacks for kids who sign up for Summer Camp.   Jake Law, Club Director, ordered 75 royal blue backpacks in preparation for Day Camp, which will start June 1. Many of the kids who attend the after-school program now are planning to enroll in Day Camp, so Keli is custom painting backpacks for kids who request it. So far, she’s painted a Noah’s Ark scene, (see photo) basketball players, frogs and butterflies.

Another creative gift she shares is refurbishing old furniture. “When people come to the club asking for help with furnishings I can’t stand to just turn them away,” she said. So she and her husband take furniture others have thrown away, refurbish it, and store it in their garage. When people in need come to the club, Keli gives them her phone number and they meet at her garage after she gets off work. Like many Salvation Army employees, Keli doesn’t stop working for the good of the community when her work day is over. “That’s the kind of stuff my husband and I like to do,” she said.

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