OGDEN -- The Weber State University Ogden LDS Institute is looking for a hand this Christmas to serve a dozen needy families.
Christmas Hands, in its second year, is a service project that directly serves families throughout the Ogden area, said Tyler Bouslaugh, service chairman for the Ogden LDS Institute located on the university campus.
"We're hoping to reach 12 families this holiday season," Bouslaugh said.
That number is significantly down from what the program was able to serve in its first year.
In 2011 Christmas Hands served 25 families, Bouslaugh said. However, students at the Ogden LDS Institute have adjusted that number down due to a slow start in receiving donations.
If donations pick up, Bouslaugh said, students will increase the number of families the program will serve.
To help, students have been working about 13 hours a day for the past few weeks to make gifts, Bouslaugh said. Not only do the students' efforts benefit those area recipients, but the students as well by giving them the opportunity to serve and share their time.
Many of the students participating in the project are personally aware of the families the program attempts to serve, he said. Many of the families have children who attend the institute.
Staff and students attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Ogden Institute are asking for such items as shoes, backpacks, coats, jackets, sweaters, other clothing, school supplies and blankets.
Any donation is welcome and appreciated, Bouslaugh said, but gift cards or monetary donations cannot be accepted.
The institute will be taking donations from now through Dec. 7. After that time, the items will be wrapped and delivered to recipient families, selected in an effort to ensure they, too, may feel an increased joy during Christmas time, Bouslaugh said.