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Volunteers Choose and Wrap Gifts For Goodfellows Toy Drive

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The Buffalo County Fairgrounds turned into a makeshift Santa's workshop, to give local kids and families a special Christmas.

Hundreds of volunteers gathered on Sunday to help choose and wrap presents for families in need throughout Buffalo county.

It's part of the Goodfellows toy drive. This year, more than 1,100 kids will receive presents.

One volunteer says helping families like this is a chance to give from the heart.

"Everybody should have a present at Christmas, and it's all about giving and everybody here wants to give back," said volunteer Jana Burkey. "Even this little guy, he'd like to have a home for Christmas."

For some, this event has become a family tradition, but for others it's a new opportunity to give back.

"They also see how much their community supports them, and we've had families come back who no longer need to participate in the program, but come to volunteer or donate money," said Goodfellows board member Sara Homan. "And that speaks volumes to how significant it was to be a recipient of a Goodfellows box as well."

 All the boxes of toys will be delivered to about 450 families throughout Kearney and Buffalo County at 8am on Christmas morning.

Volunteers are encouraged to be at the Buffalo County Extension building early, about 7:45am,  to take part in deliveries.

 

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