High School Wrestlers help 160 Foster Children

Teen shed light on greater foster care issue

They left backpacks and gear in their respective workout rooms. Instead, they brought wrapped presents they picked out with the financial support of their respective booster clubs.

The gifts were delivered to Amy Appello, senior director at Access Services. They will be given to approximately 160 Lehigh Valley foster children at the company’s fourth annual Christmas party Saturday at The Palace Center in Allentown.

Appello started the party after overseeing the development of Access Services’ foster care program shortly after she arrived seven years ago.

Last year, about 10 Easton wrestlers served as elves and unloaded a U-Haul truck at the party, helped Santa Claus pass out the gifts and danced with the foster kids.

“It was like those [wrestlers] were larger-than-life heroes to the kids,” Appello said. “You should have seen the looks in their eyes.”

This year, wrestlers from Easton and Northampton took it one step further. Groups from each team spent last Saturday shopping at area retail stores. They wrapped and labeled the presents before delivering them Tuesday night to Access Services.

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