By: Ashley Harding
Local non–profit "City Impact" is getting ready to open its annual Christmas store for needy families. They could really use your help.
At the City Impact headquarters, you'll find a treasure trove of bicycles, games, and toys. There's even more in the storage unit, but officials say there's still not enough to help the hundreds of kids in need this Christmas. Mike Friend with City Impact says they really need gifts donations.
"We're about halfway to our goal of $90,000 worth of stuff, which is what it takes to provide gifts to about 1,500 children in the community," said Friend.
It's all part of the group's annual "Gifts of Love" event. It's where City Impact creates a Christmas store at a local church. Families can pick out gifts marked down 70%, giving them the opportunity to shop with dignity. For Vernalisa Fowler, it's a blessing for her family.
"Well, it definitely helps cut down on the expenses. You know, because it's the holidays. So that can go toward something else if it's gas or dinner for the holiday," said Fowler.
The store opens to the public next Thursday, and the gifts must be in the day before. Officials say they're looking for new and unwrapped toys.
"If we can do that in the community and bless others and help others with some tangible support...and do it in a process that is really dignified and offering ownership, it really is a gratifying thing for the staff. But more importantly, it's helping people," said Friend.
The store will be open December 13-15th at the First Baptist Church on 14th and 'K' streets. Donations can be made at any Walgreens store in Lincoln. You can also drop them off at City Impact at 27th and 'R'.
Shopping times for "Gifts of Love":
December 13th: 6-9 p.m.
December 14th: 9:30--2 p.m., 6:00 p.m.--9:00 p.m.
December 15th: 9 a.m.--5:00 p.m.