Project Christmas Joy

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Tuesday 27, Nov 2018 - Tuesday 11, Dec 2018

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Omaha Home for Boys
4343 North 52nd Street
Omaha ne, 68104

Project Christmas Joy is a holiday gift and essentials drive for the young men and women at Omaha Home for Boys.

The Goal of Project Christmas Joy

Our goal is to ensure that every youth in our programs experiences the joy of Christmas by receiving a gift during the holidays. We need your help to make these young men and women feel special, loved and celebrated!

Needed Gifts and Essentials

Wish List

How You Can Help

Drop off needed items November 27 through December 11 at:

Omaha Home for Boys
Smith Administration Building
4343 N. 52nd Street
Omaha, NE  68104

Or at one of our community drop-off locations:

Aksarben Cinema – 2110 S 67th Street
Block 59 Design Group – 5916 Maple Street
Dollar General – 5636 Ames Ave
Fitucate Nutrition & Training – 13939 Gold Circle or 6052 Wenninghoff Road
PIP Marketing Signs Print – 11067 W Maple Road
Torva Fit Club – 15909 W Maple Road, Ste 104

You can also help by purchasing essentials or gifts from our Amazon Wish List and ship them directly to Omaha Home for Boys.

What Your Gift Means to Our Youth

The following account was written by Brandy Gustoff, the former Program Manager of Transition Services at Omaha Home for Boys, on December 22, 2016:

I stress myself out every year at Christmas time. Not because of the baking, preparing for company, decorating or the lack of time to get it all done, but because I want to find the perfect Christmas gifts for my residents at Jacobs’ Place, Omaha Home for Boys’ Transitional Living Program. I stress about making sure everyone has the same amount of gifts to open and the same amount of money is spent on each resident. I want to really make sure Christmas is special for my young men and women.

Why do I do this you ask? Why do I get stressed about the perfect gifts year after year? Because today when we celebrated Christmas with 15 young adults living at Jacobs’ Place this is what I heard:

“I want to cry. I’ve never got this many presents before!” declared one young woman.

I said to one of the girls, “Honey, you can rip them open.” She replied, “No, I want to savor the moment. I’ve never had a Christmas like this before and I want to remember it forever.”

“This feels like silk,” one teen said in reference to a fleece blanket.

“I really need this,” one young man said in reference to two pairs of Levi’s.

One excitedly professed, “This is what I wanted the most!” in reference to a set of professional chef knives.

“Thank you so much! This was the best thing ever!” I heard another say.

“I can’t believe you guys did all of this for us,” was a common remark from several residents.

Throughout the celebration, we received many hugs and thanks. These young people showed a tremendous amount of gratitude to us and our community partners who donated.

This is why I stress every year. I stress in order to bring the memories of Christmas to a young person who’s never celebrated before. I stress to bring tears of joy and feelings of excitement to young adults who deserve a wonderful Christmas. I stress to make these young folks feel special and loved.

My heart is so full and I have had many tears all day. God has blessed me to get to do what I do!

May you find joy this Christmas season!

Brandy

Monetary donations in support of Project Christmas Joy are also greatly appreciated.

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