People's City Mission Get Special Donation By Army Reserve Members


Lincoln, Neb. Members of an Army Reserve unit marched four miles Sunday to bring holiday cheer to the People's City Mission.

The men and women from the 2nd Battalion, 377th Regiment, 95th Division of the Army Reserve dropped off backpacks full of donations.

"It was really great I just wanted to cry," said Rachael Mehaffie who lives at the mission.

Inside those camouflaged backpacks were toys and clothes just in time for the holidays.

"We had a really good welcome where we came in and got brought in the front doors and kind of had us corral in here," said Sergeant Eric Hoffman.

Hoffman says they first started delivering gifts four years ago at the Battered Women's Shelter and now he wants to bring this tradition to the mission.

"Very very important that our guests also tell people how much they really appreciate people who serve our country," said Pastor Tom Barber, executive director of the People's City Mission.

For those living at the mission right now, these special gifts mean so much more to them.

"I'm so proud of them, I get to feel such pride coming in with toys for the kids," said Barbara Gruhn.

Kids like little Chyane who can now enjoy these new toys.

"The kids are so happy and so appreciative, we all are, for us to be in this situation is hard but when people come do this it makes it a lot better for all of us," said Mehaffie.


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