Magic Moments: Lincoln family who lost dad, husband receives gift of remembrance

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Erin Alcorn picked her kids up from school early Monday to take them to her parents’ house for a surprise that was a month in the making.

She and her two boys, 6-year-old Wyatt and 3-year-old Hunter — were one of Union Bank & Trust’s Magic Moments recipients.

A crew of bank employees showed up at the house around 3 p.m. with multiple presents for the family.

UBT employee Stephanie Dinger said it was an honor to help out the Alcorn family.

“The moment I walked in, I had tears in my eyes because it is such a magical moment for us to be here with them,” she said.

Dinger and other members of UBT told the family that they were nominated by Alcorn’s cousin and stepmother, who were present for the gift-giving.

The two felt that Alcorn was doing her best to keep life seemingly normal for her kids after the passing of their father, Ty Alcorn, in September.

For Alcorn, this reception gave her hope for the future.

“It restores your faith in humanity, that there are still good people in the world,” she said.

Magic Moments worked with Alcorn for a month to get a better understanding of what to get her and the kids.

The first gifts opened by Wyatt and Hunter were a variety of sports balls, and both made a point to verbalize their excitement.

“You can hear in their voice; they were squealing with joy,” Alcorn said. “They were so excited to be able to open all of their gifts and see what they got.”

It didn’t stop at toys. The family’s nominators knew that they liked movies, so UBT made sure to pack a present full of movie theater snacks.

“We’re gonna make sure to go to the movies next week with all the snacks and the treats and just enjoy it,” Alcorn said.

Her kids mentioned wanting to have a tree to decorate in memory of their father, and as a final gift, Magic Moments partnered with Lincoln Parks and Recreation to make it happen.

In the spring, the family will be given a tree to plant in one of Lincoln’s parks in memory of their father and husband.

“The boys said they wanted to be able to plant a Christmas tree at the park so every year they could come and decorate it and put up pictures,” Dinger said.

Until that day comes, the Alcorn family will be busy enjoying the gifts given by UBT this holiday season.

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