Ornaments 4 Charity
Ornaments are available for purchase online at www.ornaments4charity.com.
The price range is $10-$20.
100% of the proceeds benefit children living at the Stephen Center and area domestic violence shelters.
Information from the past two years as well as our project this year can be found on the website.
Ornaments will be available from now until Christmas.
Nine-year-old Brandon Carlson and his brother Aidan, age five, launch their efforts today to help victims of domestic violence and homeless children by building and selling Lego ornaments. Their goal is to raise $5,000 this season. Children living at the Stephen Center and in domestic violence shelters will benefit from this year’s fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Lego ornaments will be used to purchase kid-friendly hygiene items as well as blankets for children living in the shelters. Each blanket will travel with its new owner to transitional or permanent housing for warmth, and also to remind them the community cares.
The Carlson’s received volunteer assistance from Brandon’s classmates at Ezra Millard Elementary, The Moose Lodge Recording Studio (www.mooselodgestudio.com), McJohn and Jeffrey Dean Productions, and Kearney-based multimedia specialist Ismael Torres (www.ismaeltorres.com) to produce a video highlighting the immense problems of homelessness and the severe impact to children. The video can be found on the Ornaments 4 Charity website at www.ornaments4charity.com.
The family service project began in 2009 resulting in a $1,200 check to the Food Bank for the Heartland to fill 250 weekend backpacks for hungry kids. Last year proceeds of $4,500 were used to purchase kid-friendly hygiene items for 400 children at the Open Door Mission.
Stephen Center, Inc. has served the homeless and low-income men, women and children in Omaha since 1984. Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. Stephen Center operates four distinct programs: the area's only "dry shelter" for homeless men, women and children, the HERO Program - a CARF accredited, state licensed substance abuse treatment program that serves homeless and low-income clients with a co-occurring mental illness, a Transitional Living Program and Stephen Center Thrift.