‘Give back to the people around us’: Tattoo parlor gives gifts, coats to homeless – KETV Omaha

Posted in Tattoo on Dec 26, 2019

On Christmas Day, a few volunteers linked up with men and women in need to deliver simple but meaningful gifts. The team of volunteers -- employees of Ink Link Tattoo and Piercing -- said it wants to highlight the help that homeless people need now, and as winter goes on.While most people unwrapped presents Dec. 25, Yarik Rody sat on the floor of the tattoo parlor, located on 13th and Jackson, cutting wrapping paper and preparing the last batch of gifts donated by customers and strangers alike."Christmas is really about giving, and trying to give back to the people around us, really," said Rody, a tattoo artist.Early in the afternoon, Rody and three others finished loading bags of goodies bought specifically for the most vulnerable people in the community -- hats, gloves, handwarmers and blankets."Simple gifts, to them, (are) something very special and we try to help them out as much as we can," Rody said.Outside the Siena Francis House emergency shelter, dozens of men and women thanked volunteers like Rody and 9-year-old Aubrie Andersen-Robinson for their kindness."I had hugs, I had crying, I had a lot of emotions going on all at once," Rody said."It made me feel happy, because other people were happy on Christmas," Aubrie said.With January on the way and the bitter cold looming, Rody and the rest of the Ink Link staff want the community to help them give back by dropping off more gear for their annual coat drive."It doesn't have to be anything extravagant. We're really looking for coats, hats, thermal socks, anything that can keep somebody warm," Rody said. For Rody and the tattoo parlor, the day highlighted a need to care for those who most need help.The staff said it wants to remind the community at large that the season of giving is not over."There's a lot of less fortunate people out there that we should help out, and there's a lot of them in our town that need it," Rody said."Just care for people, and just wish them a Merry Christmas," Aubrie said.Ink Link's coat drive continues through February. Staff said they want donors to drop by their store -- at 512 S. 13th St, Omaha NE 68102 -- and drop off thermal socks, gloves, and especially, men's winter coats.

On Christmas Day, a few volunteers linked up with men and women in need to deliver simple but meaningful gifts.

The team of volunteers -- employees of Ink Link Tattoo and Piercing -- said it wants to highlight the help that homeless people need now, and as winter goes on.

While most people unwrapped presents Dec. 25, Yarik Rody sat on the floor of the tattoo parlor, located on 13th and Jackson, cutting wrapping paper and preparing the last batch of gifts donated by customers and strangers alike.

"Christmas is really about giving, and trying to give back to the people around us, really," said Rody, a tattoo artist.

Early in the afternoon, Rody and three others finished loading bags of goodies bought specifically for the most vulnerable people in the community -- hats, gloves, handwarmers and blankets.

"Simple gifts, to them, (are) something very special and we try to help them out as much as we can," Rody said.

Outside the Siena Francis House emergency shelter, dozens of men and women thanked volunteers like Rody and 9-year-old Aubrie Andersen-Robinson for their kindness.

"I had hugs, I had crying, I had a lot of emotions going on all at once," Rody said.

"It made me feel happy, because other people were happy on Christmas," Aubrie said.

With January on the way and the bitter cold looming, Rody and the rest of the Ink Link staff want the community to help them give back by dropping off more gear for their annual coat drive.

"It doesn't have to be anything extravagant. We're really looking for coats, hats, thermal socks, anything that can keep somebody warm," Rody said. For Rody and the tattoo parlor, the day highlighted a need to care for those who most need help.

The staff said it wants to remind the community at large that the season of giving is not over.

"There's a lot of less fortunate people out there that we should help out, and there's a lot of them in our town that need it," Rody said.

"Just care for people, and just wish them a Merry Christmas," Aubrie said.

Ink Link's coat drive continues through February. Staff said they want donors to drop by their store -- at 512 S. 13th St, Omaha NE 68102 -- and drop off thermal socks, gloves, and especially, men's winter coats.

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