YSS Holiday Giving

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:

Adopt a Family

Choose how many youth 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 go to our Holiday Giving page to sign-up for a family in your community.

Giving Trees

Starting in early November, 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 4th.  Please do not wrap the gift, but do ensure the tag is attached and visible.

Giving Tree Locations:


  • Ames Racquet and Fitness Center (2 Locations)
  • Dentistry at Somerset
  • ISU Athletics
  • North Grand Mall
  • RE/Max Real Estate Center


  • Flynn Real Estate


  • Allie’s Hair Care


  • Mills Fleet Farm, Mason City
  • K & B Emporium, Clear Lake
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Mason City
  • YSS Francis Lauer


  • Dean Snyder Construction


  • Valley West Mall

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

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