People’s City Mission receives valentines gifts

The Lexington honors a resident who passed away by giving teddy bears to children

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Valentine’s day is a day of expressing love and affection and The Lexington, a Lincoln assisted living facility, gave dozens of teddy bears to children at the People’s City Mission.

The Lexington wanted to honor a former resident that passed away.  Eldonna Raybyurn, the Marketing Director at The Lexington, explained the resident was someone who loved teddy bears and bringing smiles to people’s faces, and the staff wanted to pay that spirit forward.

Children at the mission were excited when they saw all of the teddy bears laid out on tables.  Joy and love were in abundance when the children picked up their bear and gave it a big hug.

Rayburn said, “It is hard to describe the emotion that you feel when you see a child or a mother of children picking out a bear that they see as something very comforting and a very loving gesture. It’s a very humbling experience and a very loving experience to see that happen.”

The Lexington also provided Valentine’s snacks and candy to the kids.

But, they weren’t the only ones giving gifts today.  The fifth grade class at Ruth Hill Elementary brought a box of socks for people staying at the mission, on the socks was a note that read “You’re a “foot” above the rest.”

Pastor Tom at the mission was very grateful and said the people at the mission will appreciate all of these gifts.

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