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Hope fills Postville for Holidays

Tiffany Upton picking out toys for her daughter. Tiffany Upton picking out toys for her daughter.

POSTVILLE (KWWL) -- The Christmas spirit is a little downtrodden in Postville this year. The town continues to struggle in the wake of May's immigration raid and Agriprocessors' bankruptcy. Now, a new campaign hopes to lift spirits and hearts during the holiday season.

Wednesday night, Turner Hall in Postville turned into a place of community gathering to celebrate and spread new hope.

As hundreds of youngsters gather downstairs for dinner, eager parents browse piles and piles of toys upstairs.

"Upstairs was the toy drive, all the toy were donated," said Maryn Olson, a Postville Community Activist.

It's the launch of the "Hometown of Heroes" campaign, designed to have neighbors help neighbors.

"People are so good, we really have been blessed as a Postville community with all the gifts we've been given," said Olson.

Tiffany Upton and Brock Thompson are looking for the perfect gift for their 2 year-old daughter.

"It feels really great. It feels awesome. I give back to the community with my time and get to get a gift that my daughter is going to love," said Upton

After 15 minutes, they found the perfect gift: an art set.

"To see the smile on her face is just priceless," said Upton.

But that's not all. Her third birthday is December 27th.

"It's nice to get a blanket and a stuffed animal on that side so we can give her a gift on her birthday," said Thompson.

A gift that means just as much to mom and dad as it will their daughter.

People may not have walked away with exactly what they were looking for, but one thing is for sure, everyone walked away tonight with a smile and a little but of hope for the future.

Just like a Christmas present, the Hometown Hope campaign is wrapped up in ribbon. The campaign is asking people in Postville and surrounding areas to wear or display a red ribbon as a sign of solidarity with the town's struggles.

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