Another successful year for Toyland for Kids!
Thanks to the generosity of many donors and volunteers, over 1,300 families will have a very happy holiday season. The even better news…
The Center will be continuing to give away any remaining toys now through the 23rd of December!
Rest assured the holiday spirit of giving is alive and well in Lincoln. Do you ever feel like you need a little pep in your holiday step? If so, just check out all these toys that are finding there way under trees across Lincoln!
It was wall-to-wall smiles as parents selected from thousands of toys, and don’t forget the teenagers, we had gifts for the older kids too. Our volunteers were many hundred strong, and made the three day event something special. In fact, we had over 500 volunteers help make the holidays special this weekend! A huge thank you to all of you that contributed your time and energy!
In addition to the thousands of toys, The Center gave away over 100 bikes, dozens of Christmas trees and a variety of other big-ticket items throughout the weekend. All this was made possible by hundreds of individual donors that have thus far contributed over a combined $10,000 in cash and toy donations. In addition we had substantial contributions from businesses across Lincoln.
Shopko made a huge impact this year, where local stores contributed over twenty employees’ time to helping The Center shop for, and pack toys onto a very large truck! In fact, Shopko not only provided substantial manpower, but also provided deep-discounts to convert donated dollars into toys. If that weren’t enough, Shopko even transported the roughly ten full pallets of toys directly to our doors! Remember to tell a Shopko associate “thanks” next time your doing your shopping!
Santa Cop is a charitable cause that is provided by our women and men in blue of the Lincoln Police Department. If risking their lives daily to serve our community wasn’t enough, the local police union heads an annual charitable auction that directly provides children in need with toys for the holiday season. This year, the Santa Cop auction raised $25,000 for toys! This contribution to Lincoln’s children provided somewhere in the ballpark of 1,725 toys that will be under trees this year!
In addition we had many wonderful businesses and organizations collect toys for our event as well as cash contributions to help fund the event. A big thank you to all who participated!