Holiday food and gift donation programs

November 28, 2021  //  United Way

CASA for Lancaster County
Both branches of Nebraska Bank of Commerce, 14th & Q and 6000 Village Drive.

November 29th to December 17th
This is an event to benefit kids in the CASA program only.  There will be Christmas Trees in the bank lobby, customers can choose an ornament that lists a child’s gender, age and gift suggestion. Givers are asked to purchase the gift and return it and the ornament to the bank prior to December 17. CASA volunteers will deliver the gifts to the children in our program.

Catholic Social Services
2241 O Street

Christmas Food Baskets, requests start November 30 until filled. Call to request.

CEDARS Home for Children
6601 Pioneers Blvd
402-434-KIDS (5437)

Adopt a Family during the holiday season, please call 402-434-KIDS (5437).

City Impact
1035 N 33rd St

Dec. 9 – 11

During Gifts of Love, income-qualified parents purchase gifts for their children at 70% or more of retail price. Shoppers need to register online before December 12th, those who miss the cut-off date can attend walk-up shopping at 3:30pm on Saturday, December 11th.

Volunteers are needed from November 29th-December 14th – volunteer signup is at

Donations Needed

  • Unwrapped gifts for all ages

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
Spikes Beach Bar & Grill 2300 Judson Street Lincoln, NE 68521

Nov 17- Dec. 18

  • Kampout for Kids

Since 1992, Community Action has partnered with 104.1 The Blaze to raise funds and collect toys for families during the holiday season. Join us for a live broadcast at Spike’s Beach Bar and Grill on December 3 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and bring a new toy or money to donate! There will also be a live auction including a gift card to Jet Splash car wash.

Not able to attend? Here’s how to get involved:

  • Round up at the register at Westlake ACE Hardware locations.
  • Donate at
  • Shop and ship directly from our Amazon Wish List
  • Pick up a donation badge at any Stop N Shop location in Lincoln: 4801 Randolph; 5640 S 16th; 2200 N 48th; 8511 S 33rd; 1502 W O St or locations In Crete, Weeping Water, and Fremont.

Through December 15th

  • Community Action Toy Collection (210 O Street)

Community Action is collecting new toys and gifts for families participating in our programs this holiday season! Bring a new toy to our office at 210 O St. weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. or shop and ship from our Amazon Wish List:

You can also donate directly to Community Action at our website.

Fresh Start
6433 Havelock Ave

Adopt-a-Resident- November – December 09

Fresh Start recently announced the kickoff for their annual Adopt-A-Resident program for the 2021 holiday season. They are encouraging people with a giving heart to help the women at the shelter feel more at home this holiday season. Many residents have families that live far away, and many others don’t have family at all.

We ask our women to complete a Christmas wish list of five items. We try to get at least 3-5 items donated for Christmas. We ask that the items be dropped off to Fresh Start (6433 Havelock Ave.) by Friday, December 9. If you choose to wrap the items please mark the package with the woman’s name and what’s inside the package.

Friendship Home

Sponsor a Family- December 6th – 10th & 13th – 17th
Through the Sponsored Families program, community members are matched with a family and given the chance to make their holidays bright. If you are interested in either sponsoring a family for the upcoming holidays, please contact Rainey at or call (402) 437-9367.

Drop off site: 6000 Village Drive # 500 Lincoln, NE 68516


2nd Annual Community Outreach Holiday Food Giveaway 11:00am – 3:00pm

  • We are handing out Turkey and food bags for up to 900 families. First come, first served (limit one turkey per household). We will have live music, additional winter items, and resource booths.

Location: St. Paul United Methodist Church 1144 M Street.

Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach
2121 N 27th St

  • Thanksgiving Dinner Homemade Thanksgiving feast with all the fixings! Guests can “dine in” or take their meal “to-go”.5:30 – 6:30 Thanksgiving Day 11/25/2021
  • Christmas Lunch, December 25 – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 12/25/2021

Must be present to receive a meal.

Mourning Hope Grief Center
1311 South Folsom Street

Holiday Hope (Adults)

Wednesday | November 17 | 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST

Register online at:

  • Holiday Hope is a peer-based support group designed to help adults cope with the holiday season. Come together (via Zoom) with other bereaved adults who have experienced the death of someone significant to discuss tips and provide support for one another.

Please note: This group is hosted via Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Participants will need access to a computer, tablet or smartphone. The group is free to attend, but pre-registration is required in order to receive the invitation link to participate.

Holiday Hope (Youth & Families)

Saturday | December 4 | 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Register online at:

Holiday Hope is a program created to support the bereaved during the often-difficult holiday season. To foster emotional healing and encourage individual creativity, local artists partner with youth and teens who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. A separate group for adult caregivers is offered as well.

Youth Support (ages 5-18)

  • Youth come together for an age-appropriate holiday memory workshop to develop and grow through creative expression and critical thinking.

Caregiver Support

  • Caregivers meet for a peer-support session with tips on how to cope with the holiday season.

The Holiday Hope program is free, but pre-registration is required. Activity supplies and to-go snacks will be provided.

The Spirit of Giving

Information available at:

Thursday, December 9 | 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Ramadan, Kwanza and New Year’s Day are annual holidays that can prove difficult for people who have experienced the death of someone significant. Holidays can be some of the roughest terrain we navigate after a death loss. When a parent or primary caregiver has died, how does a child find the means to purchase and wrap a gift for their surviving caregiver? Many of the youth at Mourning Hope want to put a smile on their loved one’s face, and celebrating the spirit of giving brings the child great joy. For the second year in a row, First-Plymouth Church is teaming up with Mourning Hope this holiday season to support children in this gift-giving endeavor. Shopping for their caregiver is a rewarding and emotionally satisfying part of the holiday season, and children who have experienced the death of a caregiver and have attended any Mourning Hope grief support programs are invited to participate in a special event designed just for them.

Kids will have time to select and wrap a gift for their caregiver, and participate in a craft project. While the kids are shopping, some tips and helpful information about how to care for oneself while navigating the stresses of the holiday season will be offered to all caregivers.

People’s City Mission
6800 P Street
402-475-6888 x 411

November 20th 10:00am – 2:00pm or while supplies last

  • Thanksgiving food baskets–a 10-12 pound turkey and other non-perishable holiday oriented food items

December 18th 10:00am – 2:00pm or while supplies last

Families needing help with Christmas gifts for their children are able to come get gifts.

The Salvation Army
2625 Potter St

  • Thanksgiving food distribution (November 1 – December 22nd)
  • Clients who have signed up to receive assistance for Thanksgiving and Christmas will be given food and/or toys.

Belmont Community Center | 3335 N 12th St, Lincoln, NE 68521 | 402-477-8854

Take a Break – Holiday Feast
November 19th 6:00pm – 8:00pm

In celebration of November holidays we are having a holiday themed activities and events. We will also be providing registered families with holiday gift baskets with food items.