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Central IA Holiday Giving

Sign up to sponsor a Central Iowa family!

YSS provides youth and families in need with gifts for the holidays thanks to your generous support. Each recipient is involved with a YSS program and has been identified as a youth or family in need.

There are two ways that you can help brighten the holidays for our deserving youth and families:

Sponsor a Family

Choose how many individuals or family members you would like to provide gifts for by selecting their wish lists. The wish list provides the ages, genders, and sizes of the recipients so you know how to shop for them.

Please click here to sign up to sponsor a family! 

All sponsors must sign up by November 30th.

All gifts are to be delivered on  Thursday, December 6th (3-6pm); Friday, December 7th (8:30am-4pm); or Saturday, December 8th (9am-1pm) to the main YSS building at 420 Kellogg Ave, Ames.  Please return the wish list with the gifts! We need the wish list to verify that all youth get selected.

Giving Trees

You may stop by a local business and pick up a gift tag indicating a specific gift request. Purchase the item on that tag, and return it to the location where you picked up the tag. Please attach the tag to the gift so we know whom to give it to!

Gifts must be returned to the business by December 7th. Please don’t wrap the gift, but do ensure the tag is attached and visible.

Giving Tree Locations:

  • Ames Racquet and Fitness Center (2 Locations): 2622 Stange Road Ste. 101 and 3600 University Blvd., Ames
  • Dentistry at Somerset: 2720 Stange Road, Ames
  • ISU Athletics: 1800 South 4th Street (Jacobson Athletic Building), Ames
  • North Grand Mall: 2801 Grand Ave, Ames
  • St. John’s by the Campus: 2338 Lincoln Way, Ames
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames: 1015 North Hyland Ave, Ames
  • YSS Family Life Center: 125 South 3rd Street, Ames
  • First United Methodist Church: 516 Kellogg Ave., Ames
  • Flynn Real Estate: 804 8th St #2, Boone, IA 50036

Thank you for helping us provide youth and families with a wonderful holiday season!

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