Looking for a way to help make the season brighter for kids living in poverty? The Open Door Mission in Omaha desperately needs donations for their Project Santa holiday program. The program helps over 6,000 children.
This year, CEO Candace Gregory tells News Radio 1110 KFAB, Project Santa has expanded. The organization has enhanced its gift giving process for the first time. Parents can now choose the gifts for their kids. Gregory says seeing families so grateful for the opportunity to choose a gift has been an “amazing experience.” Being able to choose gifts empowers parents with “respect and dignity.”
Gregory is still looking for between 600-900 items to fill the need for gifts this year. Project Santa participation is larger, making the toy shortfall bigger than last year. Gregory says children living in poverty often “take on adult responsibility at a young age.” Open Door Mission’s goal is to “bring joy to the poor while empowering families to remain in their own homes and prevent homelessness.”
The mission has an immediate need. Just one week remains before final gift distribution. And without the mission’s gifts, many of the children will have nothing to open on Christmas Day. There is especially a shortfall of appropriate gifts for young and teenage boys. For them, the mission is looking for watches, wallets, and ear pods.
Other needed items include:
- LEGO (small sets)
- Action Figures
- Play Doh
- Hot Wheels
- Alarm clocks
The mission also needs over 100 volunteers on site daily to sort, stock, and be personal shoppers for gifts.
If you would like to donate, you can find more information here at Open Door Mission’s website.