Saturday Dec. 23rd, 2017 Lincoln Firefighters will be delivering a total of 20 holiday dinner boxes to selected families who are in need this season.
The purpose is to help deliver assistance in providing everything needed for a holiday dinner without any financial burden that can be prevalent this time of year. The recipients are families that were submitted by Firefighters who recognized a potential need for them to receive this gift. The selections were made due to any number of reasons including health burden, financial struggles, a recent loss of a loved one, and other hardships.
The Firefighters are teaming up with Hy-Vee at 50th and O Street, again this year, to provide these gifts. Each family receives 2 large boxes valued at more than $100.00. They include a whole ham, side dishes, dinner rolls, pie, stuffing and other dry goods to complete an entire dinner. The program is organized through the Lincoln Firefighter’s Benefit Association and is 100% funded by its members through voluntary contributions.
The Benefit Association was formed in the 1960’s with the purpose of helping those in need and to help Firefighters look out for each other’s families and those close to them. Today, many of their projects spread well beyond their members and provide good will to the community. In addition to the holiday meal program, the Benefit Association also sponsors the appropriately named FIREFIGHTERS Lincoln midget football team, participates in Boo-at-the-Zoo, Hospital Halloween, educational scholarships, and several other programs.
According to Chad Walter, President of the Lincoln Firefighter’s Benefit Association, "This is one of the most rewarding events we do throughout the year. When the Firefighters walk into these homes with armfuls of holiday food items, the children are usually smiling from ear to ear, while the parents are holding back tears." The Firefighters say that what makes these holiday meals so great is that they symbolize the spirit of giving in the Lincoln Community.
The Firefighters will gather at 8:00 am at Hy-Vee to load the dinner baskets and then spread out from there to deliver them. Media is invited to attend at Hy-Vee and then travel with the Firefighters to a family’s home for complete coverage.