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Open Door Mission gives free items to those in need

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – More than 300 people with a long list of needs came Open house assignments donation event.

And they went home with a few things checked off that list, as well as a few desires.

“It’s the puzzle I got, and I got dog toys for Diamond,” said Open Door Mission customer Everett Moles.

It was free for the community. No food was provided. Instead, things that people on tight budgets often don’t have the privilege of buying.

“I am disabled, so I have a fixed income. I don’t really get a lot of money, so it’s hard for me to really get the things I need for my house,” he said.

Everett and his dog are familiar with the services of Open Door Mission. He goes monthly for their food bank.

Amy Harvey, community outreach manager at Open Door Mission, said the impact of this event is huge.

“They can come here to pick up lightly used items, use them for their house, which means the money they have can be used to pay bills, put gas in their car, food on the table,” Harvey said. Whatever their greatest need, so they can stay in their own home. And that’s what we’re really trying to do: homelessness prevention services.

Staff and volunteers helped Everett and others. The volunteers received a message last night that they needed hands. And Bijan Richards answered the call.

“To be able to give time on a Saturday when I do nothing, to help those less fortunate than me, absolutely. I will always do that,” he said.

From bedding to basketballs, people had a wide selection of items to choose from.

“Just seeing people’s faces and all the freebies. I mean there’s a family that took bikes, all kinds of toys for their kids, grandkids, strollers. There are layers.

Most of those present at the event are already receiving the services of Open Door Mission. The organization often organizes other events for people in need.

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