Share a Christmas Meal/Pack the Pantry

December 5-26

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There are three simple and important ways you can make this Christmas season a truly happy one for thousands of hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

  1. Send a Gift  Just $2.15 provides Hope for the Hungry, Hope for the Holidays.  Click here to make a donation today!
  2. Fill a Bag  Fill a grocery bag with any of our urgent food needs and take it to one of the drop off locations (Fareway, SuperSaver, and Family Fare).  At Open Door Mission, Hope Begins with a Meal.
    Urgent Food Needs:  Boxed Meals, Boxed Potatoes, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Canned Meat, Cereal, Gelatin or Pudding Mix, Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Peanut Butter, Rice, Soup, Stuffing Mix
  3. Pack the Pantry  Pack the Pantry at Family Fare.  You can purchase a bag of Our Family products for $20 to feed the hungry.

94.1 Diaper Drive

94.1Friday, December 16 – 5:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 17 – 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 18 – 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

2014DiaperDriveCropped-fixedChannel 94.1 will collect diapers at the Linden Market Hy-Vee (132nd and Dodge).  All diapers will be donated to homeless mothers at the Lydia House and needy mothers through Homeless Prevention programs.  Come down to hang out with Channel 94.1 and beat last year’s record number of diapers!

KFAB and KGOR – Project Santa Drive

KFAB NEW Logokgor-logoReach out to more than 6,000 girls and boys, bringing the joy of Christmas to their hurting hearts with your donation of new toys!

We need your help to provide sports balls, puzzles (100+ pieces), alarm clocks, Barbie dolls, bath/makeup sets, children’s hats and gloves, board games (ages 8+), and teenage gifts (wallets, watches, etc.)  Click here for a full list.

Drop off locations are conveniently located around town at Westwood Plaza, Nobbies, Omaha Federal Credit Union, and Belleza.  Click here for a full list of locations.

Boomer Radio – Christmas Bells Drive

1490 Boomer RadioDrop Off:  Monday-Friday 6 a.m. -4 p.m.
Now – Thursday, December 23rd

Is your family looking forward to Christmas, gathering around the Christmas tree, and opening presents with those you love?  Open Door Mission is preparing to make Christmas brighter for homeless men, women, and children through our Christmas Bells Drive.

We need your help to provide brand new bath sets, make up sets, cologne, wallets, shaving kits, and watches.  Click here for a full list.

Omaha’s very own station for the “Greatest Music Ever Made” – Boomer Radio 1490 – is serving as a drop off location.  You can bring your items to Boomer Radio, located in Midtown Crossing.

Burlington Coat Factory – Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Drive

Burlington Warm Coats, Warm Heart DriveMonday, November 14 – Monday, January 23

Burlington Coat Factory will be hosting a Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Drive this Holiday Season to raise coats for hungry and homeless men, women, and children.  Donate your new or gently worn coats to all Burlington Coat Factory locations between Monday, November 14 and Monday, January 23.

Together A Greater Good (TAGG)

Together A Greater Good ,”TAGG” is introducing a new way to make a difference WITHOUT spending time or an extra dime!

ODM-Facebook-PostHere’s how it works:

1) Download the FREE app: Together A Greater Good, and visit any of the participating local businesses (80+ listed on the app!)

2) Tell the server/cashier you want to “TAGG” your purchase (on the app, tap the TAGG My Purchase button, and enter your purchase amount). Pay as usual (no payment is made through the app), and the business will provide a card for the app to scan.

3) Choose Open Door Mission. The business will donate 5% of your purchase back to us! Any day, any time!

Savings Sidekick

logo-Savig-Sidekick-Omaha-Coupon-BookThe Savings Sidekick Omaha Coupon Book is filled with valuable discounts on local Omaha restaurants, entertainment, goods and services and even gas. Plus, your purchase will support Open Door Mission. Buy the book »

Mandy Mouse Lives At Lydia House – A Great Gift


Mandy Mouse Lives at Lydia House is a 30-page book written by Tara Rye and full of colorful, captivating illustrations by Molinda Sunde Parker. Mandy is a sweet little mouse that lives with her single mother. Through financial hardship, they find themselves living in their car in the cold of winter. One day servant-leaders from a shelter close by are handing out blankets to the homeless in the park. Through Mandy’s persistence, her mother goes to get a blanket only to discover the shelter has a place for them to stay and a hot meal.

Through this family’s heart-warming and powerful story, children are exposed to the reality of homelessness from the perspective of a character their own age. After all, The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9 years old. Children also learn of the hope that a shelter like the Lydia House provides. Although the story is fictional, both parents and children are encouraged to seek out a real-live homeless shelter in their communities where they can donate toys, food, and clothing.

For only $14.95 you can give a gift that will feed and shelter someone in need!  100% of all royalties for Mandy Mouse will go to Open Door Mission.

Click here to order today!

Recycling for Charities

Recycling_For_CharityWe have partnered with Recycling for Charities to recycle electronics that include cellular phones, PDA’s, Palm Pilots, digital cameras or iPods. Please bring your donations to one of our conveniently located Outreach & Donation Centers.

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