Mutual of Omaha wears a 'HALO' for the needy

Posted at 12:31 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 13:31:40-05

They're not angels, but Mutual of Omaha volunteers wear halos stuffing bags and sending them to area families in need.

Pull, stuff, pack, it’s been a smooth process for 67 years and counting.

“It’s a fun thing,” said Meggan Beck. 

Beck volunteers with the Mutual of Omaha organization called HALO. They fill an assortment of colored bags, with a variety of foods, even a grocery store gift card to buy more.

“When you think about the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, that menu hasn't really changed over the years, so this is very traditional,” said Community Engagement Director Gail Graeve.

But what has changed who and how the 250 selected families get the boxes this year. In the past, Halo hand-delivered them, this year, the company partnered with Together, Inc.

“We are a homeless prevention organization, “said Jeff Sen with Together, Inc. “We are going to be able to provide additional services.”

Added Beck, “It's really remembering that actually people in our community are struggling for meals and they're hungry.”

And though more organizations are providing similar services, like Thanksgiving, it’s a Mutual tradition volunteers are thankful for.

The families will pick up their boxes from Together, Inc. next Monday and Tuesday.