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Nebraska Community Comes Together to Spread Holiday Joy

The holidays are a special time for families to come together, show how thankful they are for each other, and create new memories. But for children and teens in foster care and individuals with developmental disabilities who are living in extended family homes away from their biological families, it can be more difficult to find joy during the holiday season.

KVC foster parents and extended family homes providers give these youth and adults safety, love, and support, but providing extras such as gifts during the holidays can be challenging.

Thanks to our generous KVC Holiday Heroes, the individuals and families we serve were reminded of just how special they are!

KVC Nebraska holiday heroes gifts for children and teens in foster careWhat’s a Holiday Hero?

Holiday Heroes are individuals, families, and organizations who donate money, clothing, toys, games, gift cards, and much more as holiday gifts for those we serve. These gifts mean the world to children and adults missing their families over the holidays and help support the families caring for these individuals.

Our 2018 Holiday Heroes provided gifts for more than 370 Nebraska children and teens in foster care, clients in extended family homes, and youth receiving in-home services.

Thank you to all of our 2018 Holiday Heroes!

  • Blair Brandes
  • Blythe & Ryan Hinderliter
  • Cassandra Dittmer
  • Davelene Wakefield
  • Diane Goranson
  • Ginger Gifford
  • Jenny Schmaderer
  • Kathy Huslig
  • Lauren Parks
  • Liz Wollmann
  • Maggie Dworak
  • Sarah Bonow
  • Teresa Holmes
  • Theresa Goley
  • Tracy Muller

Holiday Heroes Toys for TotsToys for Tots

The Toys for Tots Omaha program and its many generous donors provided several gifts for children and teens in foster care.

Holiday Heroes Select Van and StorageSelect Van & Storage

Matt Schaefer and his team have supported the Holiday Hero program for four years by donating trucks and team members to distribute gifts in Lincoln and Omaha.


KVC Nebraska holiday heroes gifts for children and teens in foster careBennington Moms Christmas Bash

This annual holiday event collected more than 20 gifts and raised $500 in monetary donations and gift cards for the people we serve in our Extended Family Homes.

See more photos on our Facebook page.

Get involved! Learn more about becoming a Nebraska foster parent to care for children and teens in foster care or helping people with disabilities by becoming an Extended Family Home. You can also make a donation or sign up to be a volunteer.

Make a donation to KVC Health Systems and help families in need.