Lincoln, Neb. A ribbon was cut Thursday for a new parking lot at the Northeast Senior Center that was built with a gift from the late Alfred Steyer, a former participant.
The Mayor is also recognizing the work of other local service agencies and the generosity of the residents and organizations who support them.
"Lincoln is a very caring community, and Mr. Steyer is another great example of the generosity of our residents," said Mayor Chris Beutler.
The senior center used to have a gravel and dirt parking lot until Mr. Steyer's donation.
His gift of $140,000 was used to pave the 18-space parking lot and to provide new furnishings, which will arrive at the center in January.
Mayor Beutler is encouraging residents to follow the example of Mr. Steyer and remember the importance of supporting the local agencies who provide services to the community.
Representatives of those agencies also took the time to say thank you to the community and provide updates on their holiday donations. They included the Center for People in Need, City Impact, the Food Bank, the People's City Mission, and the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army is in great need of donations because they've had five fewer bell ringing days this year. That has set them back $60,000 to reaching their annual goal.