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Adopt a family in need this winter: Contribute to help the S.A.F.E. Center make the holidays bright for others
Ashley Clatterbuck
Antelope Staff

The holidays are a great time to get together with those we love and give gifts to celebrate the season, but what about those who are not as fortunate to share the joy of giving and receiving gifts?


The S.A.F.E. Center of Kearney is sponsoring Adopt a Family to help local families and individuals who are not able to provide for themselves or their families this Christmas season.  

The S.A.F.E Center has set up a Giving Tree at Walmart.  The tree holds tags representing one person and lists their gender, age and clothing size.  The tag may also list items the person would like to receive. The ages of those in need range from adults to babies, and the names are kept anonymous.

Nikki Gausman, executive director of the Kearney S.A.F.E. Center said, “Currently S.A.F.E. Center of Kearney has 35 families they are helping in the community. We often get additional families that come and ask for our help between now and Christmas, so that number will continue to grow,” she said.   

The S.A.F.E. Center strives to give those less fortunate the opportunity to have a Christmas despite hard times.

“Our goal is to make sure we have at least two gifts for mom, dad and children,” Gausman said, “Our clients are all very different, and we want to give them something that will make their holidays brighter.”

The tags on the Giving Tree list a range of wants and needs. “Quite a few of the tags list small appliances such as blenders, toasters and can openers as items people would like to receive,” Gausman said.  

The wish list contains items that most people would take for granted: Items such as shampoo, toilet paper, underwear, garbage bags and laundry soap. A majority of the items on the wish list are things S.A.F.E. Center needs year-round for their clients.

The S.A.F.E. Center also is looking for volunteers to help during the hectic holiday season. “We typically are in need of help during the holidays with the college closing,” Gausman said. “Our main concern is making sure we can get all the gifts delivered to the families by Christmas.”

Look for the S.A.F.E Center at the Hilltop Mall, Dec. 13-19 where they will be wrapping Christmas gifts to raise money for their organization.

If you are interested in getting involved in Adopt a Family you can drop off donations at their building at 3710 Central Ave.



S.A.F.E. Wishlist

The S.A.F.E Center hopes to have several of donations and family adoptions from people in the Kearney community.  

2010 Holiday Wishlist:

Personal Hygiene Items:
deoderant
hair brushes
shampoo and conditioner
paper towels and toilet paper
tampons and pads
training pants/Pull-Ups

Household Items:

cooking basics: pots, pans, etc.
dishes, glasses, silverware
towels and washcloths

Other Items Needed Year Round:
cell phones
copy paper
gas vouchers
postage stamps
phone cards
R.Y.D.E. cards
batteries


For more information on how to help, contact Nikki Gausman at 237-2599.

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