One such servicewoman of goodwill is Jessica Wurzel, 18, of Powell. Wurzel pauses very briefly while loading a shopping cart to calculate her years of service.
“Had to have been at least five or six years,” she said.
Wurzel’s able lieutenant is Leya Goette, an exchange student from Püttlingen Saarland, Germany. “We just roped her into doing this,” Wurzel said.
Goette is not complaining. She smiles often. In fact, smiles appear to be the prevailing facial feature of the volunteers.
Carts are overloaded with food and toys custom purchased for the children in families who signed up for a basket. Stacks of new shoes are there for the taking along with festive red vests, caps, flour and tons of used clothing.
No. 35: A young woman, her arms laden with gifts leads the way to her car.
“Have a wonderful Christmas,” said Wurzel to a departing basket recipient.
“Happy Christmas,” Goette said to another.
The spirit of giving is alive and well in Powell.
Blevins is obliged to the folks in Powell who donate money, clothing and appliances.
“It’s what makes this thing work,” he said.
“We always have a good time,” Wurzel said. “Giving to others — it’s very rewarding.”