Home Builders Help Kids in Need

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Santa Claus was in attendance to help the home builders build something smaller than a home, but something that will bring big smiles.

Home Builders Association of Lincoln volunteers packed the Northwest High School wood shop to sand by hand, spray, stack, carry, power sand, transfer, and spray their way to 75 sets of boxes and building blocks. It's the 24th year that the home builders have done this for needy kids. 364 days a year it's pretty competitive out there for them, but today it's a little different.

"It's a great time of year when we all give back to the community and work as a group. We're all a little competitive out there in the market, but this is an opportunity for us to work together and do some good for the community," said Mark Aksamit, Committee Chairman for the Santa Cop program which will receive the toys for distribution.

Children of the Association members colored the greeting cards that will accompany the finished product. They also helped with a separate project that will be donated to nursing homes.

"We've been doing this since 1988 it will be our 24th year and it'll be our 18-hundredth gift that we made to donate," said Aksamit.

Each year they produce a different useful toy that will be given to children who might not otherwise receive a gift during the holiday season.