CLEVELAND – This started with a case of insomnia.
Shana Walker was thinking about the money she spent to make a costume for 2-year-old Mia, who wanted to be just about everything this year.
Then she thought about how lucky her little girl was that she could be anything.
“I thought about all the parents who spent $40 dollars, then all the parents who couldn’t afford to spend $40 dollars on a costume,” Shana said.
So Shana started reaching out on Facebook.
Using the hashtag #NEOmissiontogive she made an appeal to get either new or clean used costumes for children who live in the Haven Center; a 24-hour emergency shelter that helps dozens of families.
That was just last Wednesday.
“Yeah, we now have over 100 costumes. One lady, she actually gave us 25 costumes,” Shana said.
Two local businesses got involved as well.
The UPS Store were Shana’s twin sister works along with the Giant Eagle in Vermillion each put in drop boxes.
The costumes came pouring in.
They now have a room full of superheroes, princesses, pirates and astronauts.
Shana says they can now outfit just about all the kids at Haven Center and have plenty left over to do the same next year.
They still could use some costumes for children over the age of 10 but Shana says this is a positive start to something that she now plans on making an annual thing.
“I am completely blown away I cannot believe how many inquiries we got where even people who couldn’t give this year said, ‘don’t worry I’m going to save them for next year.'”
Shana says they plan to deliver the costumes in a couple of days and anything that the center can’t use now will be put away for next year.