LINCOLN, Nebraska – The warehouse of the Salvation Army in Lincoln, Nebraska, is filled with the sounds of rustling paper bags and the volunteers who pack them in shifts that last two hours each.
“I love to volunteer because it makes my heart feel good, and it makes me feel like a small part in giving back to the members in our community that need items,” said Tammy Gebers, a volunteer with the Salvation Army. “I love to volunteer because it makes me feel like a small part in giving back to the members in our community that need items.”
During the holiday season for the past five years, Gebers has volunteered his time to assist the Salvation Army by stuffing sacks with canned goods and noodles.
“During the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, it simply brings home to me how blessed I’ve been throughout my life,” she said. Therefore, it is time for me to lend a hand to others who haven’t been as fortunate as I have been.
And in the next room over, the gym of the Salvation Army is filled with tables covered in toys that have been donated by members of the community as well as private individuals. All of this is a component of the Operation Angel Tree campaign.
More than 700 low-income families from the Lincoln area are anticipated to visit the Salvation Army location on Potter Street between the next Monday and Wednesday in order to receive free lunch and choose two toys to take home with them.
An officer at the Lincoln Salvation Army named Mark Anderson had this to say about the annual gathering of volunteers: “It is extremely great to witness each year when we join together, the volunteers who come to make a difference.” “This is a period of economic instability, and in the middle of that, we have extremely giving people all around Lincoln who are making a difference,” the mayor of Lincoln said.
Because of the rising expense of living in today’s society and the next winter weeks, the Salvation Army may have to assist even more families than originally expected with the distribution. This is just one of the many reasons why Tammy continues to visit the organization.
Gebers stated, “I honestly feel that every person in our community needs to volunteer at this time in order to make themselves aware that there is such a tremendous need in our town for so many families.” “I truly believe that every person in our community needs to volunteer at this time,”