Facebook group becomes non-profit, feeds families for Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 12, 2018 at 9:28 PM CST
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What started as a closed Facebook group has transformed into a budding non-profit organization. The Lincoln Giving Tree was originally a place for people to pay it forward on Facebook, but is now creating events to help those in need in the community.

The group's founder, Shannon Crellin, said she can't believe the transformation.

"We're still very new because we started in January," Crellin said. "But the response has been awesome. Lincoln is the kindest city I've ever lived in. And we've had people consistently joining the group since we started."

While the group adds members, it also adds volunteer opportunities.

"We've had several events so far," Crellin said. "We did Easter baskets and we did flowers for the mission for Mother's Day. We did a backpack event, and then we moved into Thanksgiving."

For Thanksgiving, the Lincoln Giving Tree is hoping to feed 100 families. Those families, are all coming from the Giving Tree Facebook group.

"We have a Google Doc that we need people to fill out," Crellin said. "It stops taking applications at 100 and we have about 84 families signed up so people need to do it quickly."

Families will receive a bag of non-perishable items for a family of 4 to 6. This includes things like stuffing mix, cans of green beans and sweet potatoes, as well as marshmellows and applesauce.

"We aren't able to do turkey because we don't have a deep freezer, but everything else will be taken care of," Crellin said.

If you want to donate to the Lincoln Giving Tree, you can request to join the Facebook group and drop off food donations at Goldenrod Print and Mail on Cornhusker Highway.