Local church and grief center collaborate to collect donations for families experiencing loss
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — For those who have recently had loved ones pass away, the holiday season can be an emotional time.
During a season that is meant to bring people together, these individuals can often feel alone.
To ease that burden, First-Plymouth Church and the Mourning Hope Grief Center teamed up to collect holiday gift donations.
Stopping by the Spirit of Giving booth next to the main chapel, the congregation or anyone with a bleeding heart could choose a paper ornament that had a requested gift on it.
The ornaments were color coded to represent what type of gift to purchase. Gifts ranged from gifts to hot chocolate to throw blankets.
Purchasing one of the gifts allowed children to provide a gift for a surviving parent or guardian.
Congregation member Joan Creger said it helps those experiencing more stress than others during the holiday season.
“They’re dealing with a lot and this gives them an opportunity to, in an essence, shop without the financial burden,” she said.
Creger said that the gift requests ranged from “the needs” like health products or food gift cards to “the fun” gifts like toys.
“Oftentimes, caregivers are female family members like aunts or grandma, so often items they think those individuals would enjoy are on the list,” she said.
Those wanting to donate can still do so by either purchasing the gift online or in person, depending on what’s easiest for the donator.
The collaborators created an Amazon wishlist for those wishing to shop from the comfort of their homes.
The final call for donation collections is Sunday, Dec. 4th at Lincoln’s First-Plymouth Church.
For more information on how to get involved with other Mourning Hope opportunities click here.