Stasey is sixteen years old, a sophomore at West Chicago Community High School. She's been involved with Puente since the 3rd grade when she joined the Puente del Nino after-school program. Stasey continued in Puente through middle school, and now the high school program. An eight-year participant with Puente, she volunteered as an intern this past year in Puente's summer program, which opened the door for her to attend the college trip.
Stasey first heard about the Christmas Store through her youth group, when Rosie mentioned she would make a good volunteer. Last year she worked as a runner, bringing gifts out to the shoppers' cars. This year, Stasey volunteered at Shopper Registration, giving out name tags to people when they arrived and making sure they came at the right time. She says:
It's a big job, keeping track of so many people. But I wanted to give back to Puente for all they've given to me and my family. Matthew and Rosie have done so much for us, and it's so cool to give back. After interning in the summer program, I realize that we students never really see from the teachers' point of view. I don't think we knew how much they were giving to us, how much they pour into us. This store is a great help. If families don't have a lot of money they can't buy Christmas presents for their kids. But here at the store there is variety and it helps so much.