Two local non-profits help families in need get gifts

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton

Christmas time can be stressful especially for low–income families.

Two local non–profits are lending a hand to area parents to get holiday gifts without the financial pressure.

This is the 20th year of City Impact’s “Gifts of Love” store.

It provides new items for 70 percent off the retail cost.

It’s a price many parents can’t beat.

"Everything was reasonably priced. It’s not an arm and a leg. It’s really nice that they help out low income families,” City Impact Shopper Robert Walter said.

"It’s been an amazing outreach to the community, so we loved being able to reach every family member and every child for these 20 years. So, it’s a true joy,” City Impact Executive Director Brad Bryan said.

The Center for People in Need kicked off its yearly “Toyland for Kids.”

It allows parents to shop for free.

They got to load up carts with presents.

Local businesses donated nearly 2,000 toys for the event.

Its executive director said Toyland is a great help to our community.

"There’s nothing worse than giving up Christmas day and a child not having a toy under the tree, so this is very important to families,” Center for People in Need Executive Director Beatty Brasch said.

Both organizations will serve thousands of kids and their families this year spreading extra holiday cheer.

Here are additional shopping dates and times for Toyland for Kids:

  • Sunday, December 11th  1-4 p.m.
  • Monday, December 12th 2- 6 p.m.

For more information, call 402-476-4357 or  visit Center for People in Need’s website.

 Also, City Impact is still looking for donations for its student “Gifts of Love” Store, visit this website to learn how to help.