Holiday Giving

Share hope and joy this holiday season!


Sponsor a local youth or family and complete their holiday wish lists. Visit the Adopt-a-Family site.

  • Select a profile to see wish list details, purchasing guidelines, and drop-off instructions.
  • Each profile name will include “Ames,” or “Des Moines,” which refers to the drop-off location.
  • Click “Select this Profile” to adopt the youth/family. You will be prompted to create a Roonga account to complete the process.
  • Be sure to print the profile to attach to your gifts.
  • Spend about $75 per sponsored individual meeting needs and wishes that may be the only gifts they receive!

Drop-off Instructions:
Place gifts unwrapped in large boxes or bags, stapling the profile to label each. For multiple family members, include age and gender on gifts (example: F/12 or M/4).

+ Ames: YSS Family Counseling Clinic (125 S. 3rd Street, Ames, Iowa) Dec 7 & 8 from 2:00-6:00 P.M.; Dec 9 from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Park in the north or east parking lots and enter the lower-level doors on the east side of the building. Volunteers will be waiting to help transfer the gifts inside.

+ Des Moines: IHYC Youth Opportunity Center (612 Locust St., Des Moines, Iowa) Dec 7 & 8 from 2:00-6:00 P.M.; Dec 9 from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Metered parking is available along Locust Street, or park in the free drop-off zone directly in front of IHYC. Volunteers will be waiting to help transfer the gifts inside.


Giving Trees

Beginning Nov. 1, stop by local businesses to participate in YSS Giving Trees. All items will benefit local youth and families in YSS’s programs.

  • Take a tag from a giving tree.
  • Purchase the requested item.
  • Return the item (unwrapped, with the tag attached) to the giving tree.

Giving Tree Locations:

  • Ames Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
  • Ames Fitness Center
  • Ames Elks Lodge
  • Athletic Club of Ames
  • Campustown
  • English Bulldog Cigar Lounge
  • Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping
  • First Interstate Bank
  • First United Methodist
  • Greater Iowa Credit Union (Lincoln Way, Somerset, Southgate)
  • Green Hills
  • ISU Athletics
  • Life Distilled
  • Lockwood Cafe
  • Member’s First
  • North Grand Mall
  • REMAX Real Estate Center
  • RES Properties
  • Sage 68
  • St. John’s by the Campus
  • Summit Carbon Solutions
  • Greater Iowa Credit Union
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Bfit Nutrition
  • Boone County Courthouse
  • Boone Vision
  • Dr. Thompson Chiropractic
  • Duncan’s Heating & Plumbing
  • Flynn Real Estate
  • Member’s First
  • Seven Oaks Recreation
  • US Bank
  • Snyder Construction
  • Greater Iowa Credit Union
  • Greater Iowa Credit Union (East Des Moines, Westown)
  • Iowa State Bank (Hubbel, SW 9th, EP True, Hickman, Capital)
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Pure Barre (West Des Moines)
  • Valley West Mall
  • Veteran’s Memorial Recreation Center
  • REMAX Real Estate Center
  • Edward Jones
  • Greater Iowa Credit Union
  • Fleet Farm
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • First Interstate Bank
  • Greater Iowa Credit Union


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