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 (402) 434-5437. 
  • 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 ornaments 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.

Locations coming soon!

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