WAHOO – The Dec. 23 delivery date for the 54th Annual VFW Christmas Drive is just a little more than two weeks away.
Drive Coordinators Lorraine Syverson and Jason and Michelle Libal continue to see an increased need throughout the county, as requests for deliveries have picked up this past week.
“We are having an increased number of phone calls and inquiries regarding the need for assistance,” Jason Libal said. “Once again, this is a true sign that the need is going to be very large again this year.
“Due to the fact that there are still a large amount of families that are still struggling, it is our goal to provide these families with the necessary items to have a great Christmas.”
Donations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 20. After that date, the coordinators will be busy getting the toy bags and food boxes ready for distribution to more than 200 homes in the county.
Those in need are asked to contact Jason and Michelle Libal directly at 402-429-8933.
Deliveries of food and toy baskets will be held on the afternoon of Dec. 23. It is important the recipients are home on this day, as baskets will not be left unattended and no deliveries will be made on Sunday.
“We will be recruiting drivers and helpers over the next two weeks,” Libal said.
As a reminder, the organization avoids involving youth to help with the deliveries.
“We just don’t want to put a young person in an awkward position,” he added.
Support continues to be strong for this annual campaign.
Monetary donations this past week jumped up to $4,788.
“We could not hold such a drive without the great help from the community,” Libal said. “The Christmas drive is always a great reminder of the outstanding community that we live in.
“Since Thanksgiving, the outpouring of support has been terrific. It is obvious that once again the people of our community are willing to serve others before themselves.”
Donations may be mailed to Jason and Michelle Libal, 271 North 31st Street, Ashland, NE 68003; or dropped off at Wahoo Newspaper Office, 564 North Broadway Street, or FirstBank Nebraska, 201 East Fifth Street, both in Wahoo.
Donors may remain anonymous. A listing of donors will be published weekly in the newspaper. Donors may remain anonymous.
$500: Saunders County Auto Association; Glenn and Lynn Baumert; Willard Jacobs
$200: Anonymous; Ken and Val Jackson
$100: Raymond and Carol Richmond; Ken Hanke; George Christian; Anonymous; Linda and Dana Iverson; Kenneth and Jayne Taylor
$75: Donald and Rhonda McClure
$50: American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 371 – Valparaiso; In Memory of John Noonan; In Memory of Mom and Dad by Bob and Linda Slosser; Craig and Susan Breunig
$40: Marilyn Noha
$25: Anonymous; Dave Pellan
$10: Catholic Daughters
Toys: Catholic Daughters Court No. 1956
Toys: Employees of Dollar General
Hats, Fleece Throws and Miscellaneous: Donald and Rhonda McClure