Teen's Christmas wish list fulfilled by woman running in hot dog costume

Published: Dec. 11, 2019 at 10:42 PM CST
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An employee for the Wichita Police Department is going the distance to make sure the Christmas for one area teen is one to remember.

"A lot of people were laughing. I love to make people laugh, so that was just the highlight of my day," said Chante Newberry, a secretary for the Wichita Police Department.

Chante Newberry turned heads Tuesday during her run around Wichita City Hall.

"It was a blast. I enjoyed it a lot," Newberry said of the 13.5-mile run.

This is the first time she's sponsoring a child through Christmas Crusade, which helps to fulfill the wish lists of area kids.

"I said, who do you have a bigger need for, and she said teenagers, so I said we’ll take a teenager," said Newberry.

Newberry sponsored a teen who only wished for new clothes, and Newberry was looking for colleagues to go a step further.

"Teenagers want video games and sometimes expensive electronics," said Newberry. "This child didn't ask for anything like that."

Newberry said after she was only able to collect about $50, she decided to challenge her co-workers. If they helped her reach $200, she'd make a lap around the city hall in a hot dog costume. Well, she achieved that goal and then some.

She said, "Each $10 over my goal, I'll do an additional lap, so then we ended up doubling my goal, which left me doing 23 laps in a hot dog costume."

With a total of $425 raised that added up to 13.5-miles. Her son, Martin, also took part in this challenge.

"He's 13, and he ran 10.5 miles also in a hot dog costume," said Newberry.

It's all to make sure one teen's Christmas is a little more special this year.

Newberry said, "It just warms my heart. I’ve never met the child. Might not ever get to, but he’s stanged a piece of my heart."

In addition to getting all the clothes the teen was asking for, Newberry said there's also a gift card to allow him to treat himself to something nice.

She said, "So many people struggle with things, and I just feel like this will allow him to have fun and get his mind on something other than what might be going on in his life."

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