Lisa Janssen with kit

Lisa Janssen, The Gathering Place program administrator, with some of the QP Ace hats, socks and gloves that Community Action will use to create warming kits to help local children and adults who need them most stay warm this winter.

“When will this winter end?”

Lately, it’s been a question on everyone’s mind. But the reality is, this season’s frigid temperatures and snow are affecting some far more than others. That’s why Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties (Community Action) has partnered with QP Ace Hardware to raise funds to provide warming kits (thermal hats, heated socks and gloves) to 1,000 children and adults who need them most.

To provide this service, Community Action needs assistance from the Lincoln community.

“With recent freezing temperatures and many inches of snow, we’ve all been reminded this winter how important it is to keep our heads, feet and hands warm,” said Vi See, executive director of Community Action. “We hope that everyone in our community will consider a donation to provide warming kits complete with new hats, socks and gloves to those who might be without.”

The goal of the Give Warmth x 1,000 campaign is to provide warming kits to 1,000 community members who need them most. Warming kits for men, women and children purchased with campaign funds will be distributed to guests at Community Action’s soup kitchen—The Gathering Place (1448 E St.)—and to participants in some of the agency’s other programs.

“We serve, on average, between 100 and 150 meals a night at The Gathering Place,” said Lisa Janssen, Gathering Place program administrator. “With the recent cold temperatures, many of our guests have been asking if we have hats or gloves they can take home with them. To be able to give our guests some continued warmth in addition to a hot meal—that’s wonderful.”

For over 36 years, The Gathering Place has been providing Lincoln-area residents with hot, nutritious meals in a welcoming environment. And with over 40,000 people who are food-insecure in Lancaster County, it responds to significant need.

“The Gathering Place fills many needs in the Lincoln community, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to serve our guests in this additional way,” said Janssen.

Giving to the Give Warmth x 1,000 campaign is an easy way to make a big impact. A gift of $10 provides a warming kit to one individual, and gifts in multiples of that amount could provide kits for a whole family or more. Once Community Action has reached its campaign goal, kit supplies will be purchased at a discounted rate through QP Ace Hardware in Lincoln.

“One of our goals for this year is to increase our involvement in the community,” said Trixie Koch, buyer for QP Ace Hardware. “This is a perfect opportunity to leverage our resources and network to meet a real community need.”

Community Action hopes to raise $10,000 by March 15 to provide warming kits to 1,000 people. A $10 donation provides one warming kit to one individual. To donate now, go to communityactionatwork.org or mail check or cash contributions to: Community Action, 210 O St., Lincoln, NE 68508.

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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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