TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Lafayette Urban Ministry is assisting nearly 700 families this holiday season.
The organization has partnered with 27 churches across Tippecanoe County to host Jubilee Christmas.
This event is designed to be different than most Christmas assistance programs. Parents are able to shop through donated toys to pick out the perfect presents for their children.
Not only do parents leave with toys, but also a Christmas ham and gift cards for food. LUM Executive Director, Joe Micon said Jubilee Christmas has a lasting impact even after the Christmas season.
“In January and February, we really notice fewer people, a smaller case load coming for emergency rent, utility assistance and I really believe it's because families are not over extended, trying to pay back Christmas gifts,” said Micon.
Members of the churches are assigned families to assist through their shopping experience. Micon said low income families aren't the only ones who benefit from this event.
“I think the people who are giving, end up receiving a lot in terms of insight and understanding about what our low income neighbors are dealing with,” said Micon.
This event is giving away toys to 1,820 local children. All the toys were purchased and donated through the churches, local organizations and community members.
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