Gift of Love programs helps children in need

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. The 38th Annual Gift of Love kickoff press conference was hosted at First State Bank this morning.

First State Bank uses this program to collect coats, clothes, toys and food for children and families in need. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

They provide programs to help children in need.

The Tree of Names will debut on December 8th and run until December 11th. The community will pick a name off of a tree and purchase the gift for the child to make their Christmas brighter. The ages range from one month to 15 years of age. They ask for blankets, underwear, toys, games and more. There will be between 320 to 360 names on the tree that comes from 100 families.

Coats 4 Kids provides coats for children. If you have a new coat, you can drop them off at the First State Bank locations in Scottsbluff and Gering. These coats are provided to CAPWN to be distributed through their Holiday Wishlist Program application process. They are accepting them until December 31st.

The canned food collection is challenging local schools to collect canned food. The school with the highest weight will receive a private movie showing at the Midwest Theater. The collected food will go to the Valley Christian Neighbors in Need Food Baskets. It goes towards the families the children came from.

The Truck of Love takes gently used toys and coats. The coats will be given to the Lakota Lutheran Center while the toys will be given to the Knights of Columbus. It will be on December 14th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

“We first of all say thank you to everybody that has given in the past, anybody that might give in the future and those that can help in any way,” said Becca Tompkins, Director of Marketing.