Sylvia Schnapp, 67, has been the acting president of the Ladies of Charity of Harker Heights since 2010 and a member of the organization for the last seven years. A retired school teacher, Schnapp also manages the Ladies of Charity Thrift Shop at 1005 S. Ann Blvd.
Where are you from?
How long have you lived in Harker Heights?
Since 1998. We were stationed here from 1980 to 1983. Then we traveled all over the world and retired in Washington, but then decided that we couldn’t get here fast enough so we came back.
What do you enjoy most about living in Heights?
The small community feel.
What inspired you to get into your line of work?
It’s all about volunteering; you’re working for the community and doing good for those who need some help. If I were in their position, I would want someone to do the same for me.
Are you involved in any community activities, organizations or clubs?
Yes, through our church, St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church, we’ve had fundraisers to benefit the Food Care Center. We give out quite a bit of money every quarter to different charities in our community here and overseas. I am the wedding coordinator, also.
Tell me about your family.
I’m married for 46 years and my husband is retired military. We have one daughter who has two children and they live in Pennsylvania.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m usually sewing or working in the yard or baking or volunteering and doing something for the church.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
My grandmother, my mother’s mother, said, “Never go to bed at night angry and always do for others as you would want them to do for you.”