Holiday Giving

Gift Drive

The Douglas County Holiday Bureau will be collecting gifts through December 16th at local businesses across Lawence. Drop off a gift for ages 0-18 at one of the locations listed below or donate monetarily HERE.

Bin Locations:

  • 1313 Mockingbird Lane
  • ACME
  • Dillon's on Mass
  • Dragon's Hoard
  • Game Nut (downtown)
  • Game Nut (iowa)
  • Garry Gribbles
  • J & S Coffee
  • T. Loft
  • Toy Store
  • Walmarts
  • Waxman's
  • Weaver's


Adopt A Family

If you would like to adopt a family or donate to the program, please email the Ballard Center CEO, Becky Price at Please include the number of people you are able to adopt in the email to Becky – the cost of gifts per person are estimated conservatively at $75.

Learn more here Donor Information - Elizabeth Ballard Community Services (EBCS) (


Share the Warmth Coat Drive

Scotch Fabric Care Services is collecting coats to distribute. Please consider dropping off a new or gently used coat to any Lawrence Scotch location between now and November 19th. For more information call 785-846-1455 or email


Angel Tree Christmas Assistance

Trees will be placed throughout town with Angel tags that represents a child in Douglas County and their wish list. Find a tree and purchase the items listed on the tag. See their registry HERE.


Holiday Meals

Just Food

Thanksgiving Holiday Food Distribution

Customers with an account established prior to 11/1/22 can sign up online to receive an additional 14 points to put toward Holiday Items. To register for an account go to

Distribution will occur from 11/15/22 - 11/22/22.


Catholic Charities 

Thanksgiving Food Boxes

Registration through 10/31/22 - Contact Abigail Chikanda at 785-856-2694, with questions.


Salvation Army

Holiday Meal

12/14/22 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. - Location TBD


Nothing Unique Organization

Christmas Dinner Giveaway- If you or a family you know is in need of a Christmas dinner, please reach out via email or call by November 30. Include family name, number of people in the house, address, and phone number. 

Phone: 785-764-9078

Meal Include (Uncooked) Whole Chicken, Green Beans, Corn, Cranberry, Mac & Chees, Cornmeal, Brownies or Cookies, Plastic Silverware, Disposable Foil Pans.


Sandwich Bowl

Community Thanksgiving To-Go

Learn more at Sandwich Bowl's Community Thanksgiving dinner To-go! | Facebook