The power of social media has helped bring out the best in people who stepped up to bail out the local Toys for Tots campaign at the United Way of South Central Nebraska with some timely last-minute donations.
Michele Henke, executive director of the local United Way chapter, learned that the toys received Wednesday at the UW office in Omaha for the U.S. Marine-led toy drive had been delivered to its Grand Island office by mistake. Worse still, the order received was 164 toys short of filling the requests of those seeking assistance from the UW and its 19 affiliates in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Clay counties.
"I panicked at first because I thought, 'I can't let 164 children not have a toy,' " Henke said. "So we scrambled.