Gifts of love helping over 600 families in Lincoln

"Christmas with dignity."

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Christmas is not all about gifts, but with hard times falling on many families this holiday season, programs like Gifts of Love are there to make sure there are presents under the tree.

“Right now, with the way things are going in our world, things are really hard. I actually got to answer the phones at City Impact for a couple of days earlier this week and I heard a lot of stories and hardships,”said Angela Pillow a Gifts of Love Volunteer.

The City Impact building has turned into Santa’s workshop right here in Lincoln.  Santas helpers at the Gifts of Love store hope to help over 600 families this year, which is the most they have ever been able to help at once.

“People are able to bless their kids. I know exactly what that feels like. I have five children. One child really wanted a guitar, and when you’re paying a lot of money for five different kids, you don’t have the money to spend to give them what they want,” said Pillow.

Through Gifts of Love, Angela Pillow was able to find the gift her daughter so badly wanted.

“To see her open, and when she got to where she saw what it was, she started opening it slower and crying and it was really amazing to me that I knew that I got that for her,” said Pillow.

For many people who are struggling financially, they don’t want a handout.

“It’s really important that people understand that sometimes just because we are poor, doesn’t mean that we don’t want to pay. So I love that the gifts of love store was actually started by a parent that didn’t have a lot to give, but she wanted to give something,” said Pillow.

“Families can buy gifts at 70 percent or more off of retail. All of our shoppers are income-qualified and they can come in and do the shopping for their families. Nothing in the store is more than 20 dollars,” said Sonia Miller Gifts of Love Director.

The monetary donations allow volunteers to restock items, to keep the shelves full.

“It’s really neat to look in the store and know that all of those items came right from our city, right from our community,” said Pillow.

You do not need to be a part of the City Impact program, to benefit from the store.

“Saturday the 11th at 3 p.m. we open up the doors to families who maybe didn’t hear about registration earlier and then we will just do registration right there on the spot. We can usually serve 40 to 50 families at that time,” said Miller.

How to make your donations, HERE.

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