SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. Schools in the community came together to help out their neighborhoods in need. Students collected cans, flour, sugar, water and more items to help the 100 families that are a part of the 36th Annual Gift of Love program. The families will receive holiday food baskets and the rest of the food banks in the community will use their portion to help others in the area who may need it.
“I hope they get the food and that they use it,” said Dylan, Student at Lincoln Elementary.
The Elementary school that collects the most pounds receives a trip to the Midwest Theater for a private showing of the holiday movie and the upper level school that collects the most pounds will receive a technology tablet of their choice.
“We want to say ‘Thank You’ to the entire community,” said Becca Tompkins, Director of Marketing for First State Bank. “This is our 36th year for the Gift of Love and without the support of the community, we couldn’t have been this strong. We say ‘Thank You’ to everybody that has been involved; rather it’s sending a couple of canned food items with your kid to school to help with school pickups or to help buy something for a kid off of our tree. It all helps and every bit matters so we just say ‘Thank You.’”
The students involved will have their names added to the tree that will have the Christmas wish list from the children. First State Bank ask the community to come pick a name and help make the holiday season brighter for that child.