Cedars aims to help hundreds of children this holiday season

LINCOLN, Neb. - The holidays are right around the corner, and as many kids prepare to open up gifts from Santa, some don't know if they'll get anything at all. But Cedars in Lincoln is hoping to change that.

"This year we will be serving around 800 kids every day during the holidays," said President Jim Blue.

Blue said this time of year can be especially difficult for children in their care.

"The holiday season is often one of mixed emotions for these kids," Blue said. "There's oftentimes sadness because this past year has been rougher than kids deserve. But we try to do everything we can to make this an experience at Cedars that they will never ever forget."

In order to make sure every child has something to open this holiday season, Cedars has partnered with several local businesses to set up 'Giving Trees' around Lincoln. Each tree has dozens of ornaments, each with the wish list of a Cedars child.

"We have toys, we have trucks, we have games, certainly gift cards," Blue said. "So anything that a child newborn through 21 might want."

If you want to help, you can grab an ornament and fulfill the child's wish list. You can bring new, unwrapped toys to Cedars or back to any of the Giving Trees around the city.

"It's really cold weather we are having, but I know Lincoln has warm warm hearts for the kids," Blue said.