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Nonprofit reaches out to low-income families for Father's Day

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By: Jenn Schanz

For Lakota Granger and her three kids, finding a gift for Father's Day can be a struggle.

That's where the Center for People in Need steps in.

She came to the center's Mother's Day event, and is grateful that her kids have a chance to pick something special out for Dad.

"I just love Lincoln for doing this for the kids. You know, it gives the kids something to do and especially if you're low income" says Granger.

Hundreds of low–income Lincoln families were invited to shop for Father's Day gifts at the center.

The best part? All 3,000 gifts were free.

While parents waited in another room, kids from 2 to 18-years-old were helped by volunteers to shop for and wrap their Father's Day presents.

Program Coordinator Lynette Maes says the event gives kids something to feel proud about.

"A sense of pride, to be able to provide that and not have to worry that Father's Day rolls around and you can't give your father anything but your hugs and kisses," she says.

The event drew quite a crowd, with more than a hundred families through the door in the first five minutes.

Kids could choose from staple Dad favorites like electronics, camping gear, and watches.

Sisters Addie and Zoe spent the morning finding their Dad the perfect gift, something to keep him healthy and entertained.

"Something to loose weight, and some headphones," they say.

The gifts were brought to the center through Good360, an organization that helps non-profits around the country.

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