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SYSK: Nathan Emerson draws portraits for a good cause


Nathan Emerson loves to draw. That's part of the reason he decided to spend a day at Walgreens on Logan Avenue in Waterloo.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I used to draw trucks for my uncle," said Nathan Emerson.

Now, portraits are Emerson's specialty. He decided to use his talent to help out a good cause.

Walgreens stores are committing to give back to the community, picking a charity to benefit.

The Walgreens on Logan Avenue chose the Salvation Army's Women and Children's Shelter in Waterloo.

The shelter takes in people who are homeless, recently released from jail or in an abusive situation, which resonates with Nathan Emerson.

12 years ago, his sister was murdered by a boyfriend.

That's why Emerson, a Walgreens employee, decided to draw pictures for the shelter.

"I figured this is the best way I can give back," he said.

It should be pointed out, the Belle Plaine native gave up his day off, which also happened to be his 26th birthday, to do the portraits.

David Rainey with the Salvation Army's Emergency Shelters said what people like Nathan do means a lot.

"Thank you Nathan and everyone who gives to the Salvation Army. That inch goes to a mile," said David Rainey.

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