Since 1997, City Impact has been making a difference in the lives of youth and families in urban Lincoln.  This organization has always been dear to my heart, partially since it is run by my dear high school friend, Carma and her husband, Brad.  But also because I love the work that they do there on behalf of those who need support guidance to go the right direction.  They are involved in ministry throughout the year, but one of the ways they make the biggest difference is through their annual “Gifts of Love” Christmas store.

City Impact Gifts 1

(Picture used with permission from City Impact)

I realize that there are many, many places that do a great work and that help out those in need.  But I really appreciate City Impact’s approach.  Families are not just given items – they are required to spend a bit of their own money on gifts.  This allows them to personalizes their giving.

Here is an excerpt from their website explaining more …

“Gifts of Love”™ is a community Christmas store open to low-income families with children who qualify for free or reduced school lunches. New gift items are donated and marked down 70% off retail value, which allows families to shop for their loved ones with dignity.  Children in City Impact’s weekly programs earn vouchers to shop for their adult loved ones as well

Last year, with the help of over 950 volunteers, over $100,000 of new items (toys, electronics, clothing, financial investments and other holiday gift items) were donated to support more than 1,600 children and their families.

Is this just not amazing!  Love how they go about providing for the needs of others.  Providing Christmas with dignity.

This year they are asking for additional help from the community.  The need seems to be greater than ever.  They are anticipating making even more of an impact this Christmas.  If you live in the Lincoln area, you can go out shopping yourself using the list of gift suggestions.  (A great way to have your kids pick out presents for someone other than themselves!)  Or you can simply donate online.  You can help make this a Christmas that struggling families will never forget!

City Impact Gifts 2

(Picture used with permission from City Impact)

Author: neodyssey