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Pike County teen makes sure residents at local shelter experience Christmas

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A Pike County teen and his family made sure residents at Westcare Shelter in Pikeville had a reason to smile on Christmas. Christmas is a time to be with family and count your blessings but as shelter direct care worker Thomas Olcott says, "Some of these people don't even have family members, if you look in there right now, this is what they've got, they don't have family members."

That's why Cody James and his family went to the shelter on Christmas. Cody decided to do this because, "to know that there are some people out there that don't get anything, it touches me, and makes me want to help make a difference in somebody elses life and help them have a good Christmas."

The James family brought turkey, dressing, cupcakes, and gifts, or as Cody says, "everything that they can have a good Christmas with."
The family says they wanted to bring joy to the residents here at the shelter because that is what Christmas is all about.

Cody's sister Tesia James helped organize the shelter Christmas, "We looked at how much we were getting for Christmas and you know to hear that some people really just don't have anything."

The children opened their gifts with excitement as the adults looked through their new clothes and hygiene items with thankful hearts. Olcott says, "People like Cody and them are blessing these people beyond blessings."

Cody's Christmas wish, "I hope everybody was blessed and that they had a good Christmas." That wish of Cody's came true as he helped brighten Christmas day for those who needed a little joy. Olcott says, "All my residents are very happy this Christmas." Which is exactly what Cody was hoping for this Christmas.

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