Holiday Gift Drive


Every year, as winter approaches, our kids begin to believe again — in the magic of the holidays. With the kids' input, we provide businesses, churches, even individuals with those wishes in mid-November to guide them in selecting presents for the kids. Then, after collecting the gifts at their businesses and other organizations, these volunteers arrange to deliver the items they’ve gathered the first few weeks of December. Your generosity brings smiles to a lot of young faces — and joy to many hearts.

If you are interested in:

  • providing a gift for a child at CEDARS this holiday season, you can make a donation today or just call (402) 437-8820 or email us at
  • providing gifts for an entire family at CEDARS, please call Emily Wesseln at (402) 434-5437 or email her at
  • organizing a gift drive for the children at CEDARS this holiday season, please contact Tracy at (402) 437-8820 prior to the event. Thank you—you put a special sparkle into the holidays for our children.


A few items we know the kids will need this year include:

• New winter coats (baby through adult sizes)
• Teen Pajamas/Lounge Wear (Boy & Girl – Sizes XS - 2XL)
• $20 Gift Card to Wal-Mart, Target or SuperSaver
• Teen sized clothing (hoodies, sports shorts and sweat pants, jeans and a nice shirt, etc.)
• Bath and body supplies for men and women
• Certificates for oil changes
• Gas gift cards
• Men’s wallets
• Bus passes
• Pre-paid cell phones
• Diapers (especially size 4 and up)
• New small kitchen appliances
• New bedding (sizes twin–queen)
• Bath and kitchen towels
• Gift cards for families to have fun together (bowling, movie theatres, laser tag, University of Nebraska State Museum and Planetarium, Children’s Museum, Children’s Zoo, Roller Skating, Miniature Golf, Ice Skating, Lost in Fun, Champions Fun Center)

To coordinate any donations, please contact Tracy at (402) 437-8820. Thank you!

If you live in the Lincoln, Nebraska area...

Red ornament listing a child's age and a specific wish are available at the following locations. Please return the items unwrapped by the dates listed to these locations. Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child.

  • Applebee's

    In Williamsburg Village. Please return gifts by December 14th.

  • Campbell's Nursery

    56th & Pinelake or 2342 S 40th Street. Please return gifts by December 11th.

  • Comfort Family Chiropractic

    1600 S 70th Street Suite 201. Please return gifts by December 14th.

  • CVS Pharmacies

    70th & O; 48th & O; 27th & Old Cheney; 16th & South; 48th & Van Dorn; 56th & Hwy 2; 14th & Superior. Please return gifts by December 14th.

  • Edward's Stone

    13400 S 54 in Roca. Please return gifts by December 10th.

  • Gateway Mall

    Inside near Younkers & Dillard's. Please return gifts by December 13th.

  • Hohl Orthodontics

    5700 Thompson Creek Blvd. Please return gifts by December 9th.

  • Miller Time Pub

    333 S 13th Street in the Marriot Cornhusker Hotel. Please return gifts by December 15th.

  • NE Community Blood Bank

    84th & O. This location is collecting warm socks for the children in our care. Please return new, unwrapped socks by December 9th.

  • Serenity Salon

    5550 S 59th Street Suite 17, near Petco. Please return gifts by December 14th.

  • South Ridge Dental

    5533 S 27th Street Suite 102. Please return gifts by December 14th.

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