The loss of jobs at Lincoln Paper and Tissue couldn’t come at a worse time.
Nicole Murchison whose father was laid off is organizing a toy drive to
relieve some pressure.
“The layoffs during any part of the year is extremely stressful and during
the Christmas season I’m sure parents are really feeling it,” she said.
She’s also making it easier for those helping out by asking for used toys.
“I don’t want people to feel like they’re obligated to reach into their
pocket and take out any money because people are going to need that money
for food and heating,” she said.
Nicole set up a Facebook Page to test interest and overnight the “likes”
“A lot of people are liking it. I’m getting a lot of response from it,
businesses are letting me put boxes in their stores.”
Nicole has just over a week to get enough presents for the kids
of 200 laid off workers. The more they get the better, and she says if she
has to, she’ll go pick the gifts up herself.
“People in Lincoln and surrounding communities really step up and I’m old
enough to do something now and see the need and that just kind of what I
want to do,” Nicole said.
Nicole is a teacher and knows how special Christmas day is to kids.
“Santa’s just not supposed to come he’s expected to come so we want to
help parents take a little bit of stress off and get some presents under
the tree at no cost to them.”
To donate a toy or to volunteer to help Nicole out, give her a call at 403-3624 or search Facebook for “Lincoln Used Toy Swap”.