Ambassadors of Kindness holds 2nd Annual Toy Drive
SUPERIOR, Neb. (KSNB) - Ambassadors of Kindness Inc. is back with their 2nd Annual Magical Toy and Giving Drive this year. The non-profit was started by a couple in Superior to help make kids smile during the holidays.
Brian Splater and Austin Karnatz started the toy drive last year after their two children requested to help other kids who are less fortunate. It ended up doing so well, they started Ambassadors of Kindness to help kids year round.
“We ask our communities to donate to Ambassadors of Kindness Incorporated which is our non-profit, and they can donate new toys, different items, also monetary donations,” Ambassadors of Kindness Owner Brian Splater said.
The nonprofit has been collecting donations since September, and they’ve already received 1,200 items to make 660 gifts.
“This year it’s for the Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association in Lincoln, Nebraska, which will distribute the toys we raise to the children and foster care in Hastings and in Lincoln,” Splater said.
The couple asked their kids who they’d like to benefit from this toy drive, and this year it was important for them to raise enough to give each of the 568 foster kids in those cities at least one gift.
“We adopted our two children and they were in foster care," Splater said. "So this year is very important for them to make sure every kid almost receives toys. They’ve experienced that during Christmas where you don’t get anything, or you get very limited items.”
The couple continues to do this donation drive every year, because it teaches their kids to be empathetic and caring of others.
“Civics I think is getting lost a lot, and our kids involved in Scouts, our kids are involved in organizations that we hope will teach them how to give something back, and teach them lessons about growing as people,” Ambassadors of Kindness Owner Austin Karnatz said.
Ambassadors of Kindness has nearly doubled the amount of toys raised from last year, and has almost 11,000 followers on Facebook.
“Our local businesses step up, they send checks, they write checks, they sponsor the event," Splater said. "I’m not surprised by the businesses in Superior, because that’s their mentality, they like to give, they like to help. Other than that, I was kinda surprised by everybody else dropping off toys on our front porch.”
The non-profit will be accepting donations until November 23rd. People can call Brian Slater at (402) 851-1160 to donate or they can drop off or mail toys to the couple’s house at 514 E. 7th Street in Superior.
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