Teenagers at Shelter in Charleston Receive a Christmas Surprise

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At a time when teenagers are often overlooked, teens at a shelter in Charleston received a holiday surprise Tuesday.

The afternoon of Christmas Eve, there was a table of 10 teenagers at the Davis Shelter.

“They're more into gadgets -- that type of thing,” Anthony Lewis, founder of the Sugar Bowl Foundation, said.

Lewis visited the shelter and gave each teen his or her own brand new digital camera.

“With their age, even they think it's more for little kids, and to see them get things they really enjoy -- it's a good feeling,” Gary Hunt, a supervisor at the shelter, said.

Lewis, who's also a photographer at WSAZ, started the Sugar Bowl Foundation four years ago in honor of his late father.

“I think a lot about how my Christmases were growing up with family and nice things,” Lewis said. “You tend to put things in perspective a little bit.”

He now spends the year raising money for situations just like this, and those on the receiving end are grateful.

“It's kind of stressful during the Christmas season, but when people come in like, 'How ya'll did today?' and brought us things, it at least makes us feel special,” a 14-year-old girl who’s staying at the shelter said.

In addition to giving the teens their own personal gifts, Lewis also purchased some to stay at the shelter; including two Xbox units and a stack of games.

This is the fourth year Lewis has purchased gifts for teens at the Davis Shelter.

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