The Gift of Joy

As the holidays approach, many are reminded of the events that make the season so memorable: the hustle and bustle of preparing for special family dinners, buying gifts for loved ones and friends, and attending church services where little ones will be singing their favorite Christmas songs. 

While there is much to be excited about this time of year, unfortunately, the holidays can also be a season of uncertainty, anxiety and sadness for many of the youth and families at Omaha Home for Boys. Many of our families have little children that they desperately want to provide a beautiful Christmas for, but their budgets won’t allow for anything but the bare necessities. They long to create even the simplest holiday memories for their children, like making a gingerbread house or decorating a small tree, but the funds and resources just aren’t there.   

A couple of years ago Brandy shared about her experience during the holidays here at OHB. At the time, Brandy was the manager of our Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living Program and she had just finished celebrating Christmas with about 15 young adults in her program.  

During the small holiday celebration, Brandy said she heard the kids say things like: 

“I want to cry. I’ve never gotten this many presents before!” declared one young woman. 

“I really need this,” one young man said in reference to two pairs of jeans. 

“Thank you so much! This was the best thing ever!” exclaimed one teen.  

“I can’t believe you guys did all of this for us!” shared another youth. 

Brandy was so thankful that these youth, who have so many burdens on their shoulders and worries on their minds, were able to forget all of that for a bit and truly enjoy the spirit of the season. 

Today, you have the opportunity to bring this same joy and excitement to the kids and families at OHB this Christmas. They aren’t asking for anything extravagant. They really just need you to take the time to care and show your support.   

Please give now to help our youth and families feel special and loved, something that is so important and cherished this time of year. Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy new year! Thank you for your support.  

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Thank you for helping our youth and families have a merry, memorable Christmas!