The Heartland United Way helps donor-adopted families and Toys for Tots

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by Devin Hinkson

GRAND ISLAND, NEB. — As Christmas nears, places like The Heartland United Way are making sure the holidays feel special for families and children by providing Central Nebraska communities with many solutions to community problems.

This year they are partnering up with companies to provide food to donor-adopted families, toys for kids, and even help with bills and sometimes rent from donors that want to help out in that specific way.

“We’re gearing up for Toys for Tots, so on December 16th we will serve about 3000 children with toys that have been donated throughout the community and in our partnership with the Marine Corp.; We’re also gearing up to adopt a family. So we have people that have really had a major disruption in their life and we’ve had very generous people adopt those families and are giving them gifts. Then we had AGI provide all these wonderful food baskets to be able to help families through the holidays.” said Karen Rathke, President and Chief Professional Officer with The Heartland United Way in Grand Island.

he Heartland United Way says the holidays should be special for everyone. If you want to donate or volunteer your time to help families in the area, call your local center or stop by.