Lincoln, Nebraska – Children in low-income families across Lincoln were able to celebrate the holiday season with gifts thanks to the generous donors and organizations who provided toys for Toyland, the Center for People in Need’s annual toy distribution.
Nearly 3,000 children received age-appropriate toys selected by a parent or guardian during the special shopping experience held Dec. 14-16, 2019. Center clients were able to select from a range of possible gifts, which included everything from teething rings for infants and headphones for teens to books for all ages. Families had the option of taking home a real Christmas tree, too.
The event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of generous volunteers and donors.
More than 350 volunteers worked at the three-day event, helping with tasks like sorting toys, assisting Center clients, and stocking inventory.
Generous donors like the Kinder Porter Scott Family Foundation, Santa Cop and Toys for Tots helped the Center purchase toys while Picnic Hill Pines donated the live Christmas trees.
“Without the generous support of the community, we would be unable to host events like Toyland,” said the Center’s executive director Chris Funk.
“The holiday season is a special time, and it’s important for children to experience that joy regardless of their family’s financial situation,” she said.
The Center is open year-round to assist families and individuals in need. Any Lincoln resident who needs help can apply for assistance. Complete details on the process and a list of required documentation can be found online at cfpin.org or call (402) 476.4357.