By Sara Tischauser
As the holidays approach, many people are looking for ways to help others and make a difference in their community.
Kapture Salon owners Dana Bartelt and Jocelyn Zuleger are two of those people looking to make a difference. They decided this year to do Kapture Cares to help students in the community.
Bartelt said for their Kapture Cares, they have partnered with the Seymour School District to provide basic needs items for some of the students in the community.
Every weekend, Zuleger said the Seymour School sends backpacks home with students to provide the students with food for the weekend because otherwise these students may not have enough to eat. Each weekend, Zuleger said the school sends out between 170-180 backpacks.
“We were thinking if these kids don’t have enough food to eat, they probably don’t have every day essentials,” Bartelt said.
So Bartelt and Zuleger decided that their Kapture Cares would be to donate basic needs items (like deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, socks, gloves, etc.) to the school to be given to those students in need.
The past two years, Bartelt said they adopted a family for the holidays but thought this new idea would be a way to reach even more people.
Initially, Zuleger said when they heard about the school giving out the weekend food backpacks, they had thought maybe it was for 20-25 students. But she said they were quite shocked to find out that it is close to 180 students who are benefitting from this program.
Bartelt and Zuleger are hoping the community will help with donations, either by donating items or money that can be used to purchase needed items for the students.
“Because it takes a village,” Bartelt said. “We hear that saying all the time, and it’s so true. Having small kids at home ourselves we know that at some point everyone needs some kind of help. The best part about living in a small town (like Seymour) is that everyone looks out for one another, and if a family is going through a tough time the community rallies together to support them. By donating, you have the chance to positively impact families’ lives right here in our community, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Zuleger said they will be having Ladies Night Out from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 29 to help raise funds for events and provide a fun night out for those interested.
Donations can be dropped off at Kapture Salon (1021 Orchard Drive, Seymour) through Dec. 18 and the items will be sent home with the students before the winter break.