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Giving back for the holidays

December 19, 2022 | Julie Wasson | community
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Members of the cable splicers work group donated and delivered toys to the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots drive. The Omaha Toys for Tots program distributes toys to Omaha, Council Bluffs, Lincoln, Nebraska City, Grand Island, Hastings and the areas surrounding those communities.
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Members of the cable splicers workgroup donated and delivered toys to the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots drive.

OPPD employees from across the district worked together to provide gifts and assistance to those in need during this year’s holiday season. Their efforts included collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program; joining the Angel Tree program in Nebraska City to bring a holiday meal and toys to a family; volunteering at the Food Bank for the Heartland, the Open Door Mission and the Heartland Hope Mission; helping build homes through Habitat for Humanity; and more.

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Employees from the Continuous Improvement and Innovation teams, left, and the Corporate Marketing and Communications team volunteered at the Food Bank for the Heartland. The food bank serves as a distribution center for emergency and supplemental food for people in 93 counties — 77 in Nebraska and 16 in western Iowa.
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In Nebraska City, OPPD account executives were involved with the Angel Tree Project. Every year the project gathers requests and information for families in need in the community. Each family is given a gift card from a local grocery store, a gift card to Pizza Hut and a board game to create a built in game night. Every child receives at least two gifts, as well.
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Member’s of OPPD’s Society of Engineers, left, volunteered at the Open Door Mission, which offers dozens of programs to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Members of the Organizational Development team volunteered at the Heartland Hope Mission, which helps working families in need by providing them with basic essentials, including a week’s supply of food, clothing, hygiene items, job resources and more.
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OPPD employees help build a house as part of a Habitat for Humanity effort.


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About Julie Wasson

Julie Wasson is the brand journalism strategist at Omaha Public Power District and the editor of The Wire. She has more than 25 years of print journalism and social media experience, including two stints at the Omaha World-Herald.

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