Lincoln senior citizens give gifts to children for Operation Christmas Child

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Fallbrook Assisted Living Facilities is sending gifts internationally for children who need them most.

“Operation Christmas Child,” allows children in need to receive hygienic products and toys in countries affected by war and poverty.

Fallbrook resident Shirley Wakeland says she’s enjoyed giving back to those in need.

“I’m so appreciative of these little kids getting things that they might not get if we didn’t help them, you know, and the donations, of course, help a lot,” said Wakeland.

Fallbrook’s Life Enrichment Director, Andrea Larkins, says the last few years have slowed donations, but they’re still hoping to raise more funds to fill boxes.

“Since COVID, we haven’t got to that the last several years,” Larkins said. “But we’ve still made it part of our mission to fill the shoe boxes here on-site and drop them off so that we can assist in helping out kids in need across the world.”

The Fallbrook facility is accepting monetary donations this Friday, November 4th, which is the last day locally to donate.

You can donate online or learn more about how to give at Samartianpurse.org.

Wakeland says she feels fortunate to give when she can and will continue to each year.

“I feel so fortunate, blessed, to have a comfortable place where we don’t have to worry about those little things that so many people in the world do,” she said. “But that’s why it’s so nice to help, little kids appreciate it.”

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