Toy Drive focuses on the service and dignity of Lincoln families

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — This time of year brings out the best in people with many feeling holly and jolly, but for those who experience hardships in the holiday season getting the best gift for your loved ones can be a trying time.

To help ease that burden, Visionary Youth hosted a toy drive aimed at helping those who need it this time of year.

Lawrence Chatters, a member of Visionary Youth, said the work done today was done out of dignity.

“Dignity is making sure that people understand that regardless of what your circumstances are, you are still a human being,” he said.

Parents could line up at the Saint Paul Methodist Church in downtown Lincoln to be guided through a makeshift shopping center.

“We are going to treat you with respect and dignity and walk you through this space,” Chatters said.

He said it is an honor to serve the community and the people who use the resources offered by Visionary Youth.

“Our goal was to take the stress off of families for the holidays,” Chatters said. “We know that things get stressful.”

Another goal for today’s drive was to serve over 800 families, a goal that was met through preregistration.

One of those 800 was Adria Dieckhoff, a mother of seven, who learned that there is no shame in asking for help.

“It took me a long time to be able to ask for help,” she said. “My pride gets in the way but when it comes to your kids there is no such thing as pride.”

Dieckhoff said getting assistance is worthwhile when it comes to your kids.

“On Christmas morning, watching their eyes light up and a smile on their faces makes you want to be the bigger person,” she said. “So if you need it, just ask for help.”

After picking out their gifts, parents could stop by the gift wrapping station, saving them the trouble of hiding the presents before the holidays.

For more information or to get involved with Visionary Youth visit their website for more information.






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