Despite the uncertainty we all face, we are committed to moving forward with our Holiday Gift Program to be sure we can provide holiday wishes and joy for those who need it most. While we know the current climate has affected so many of us in different ways, we hope you can join us to make the holidays brighter for the many local underserved families involved with Youth Services. Holiday Gift is a true reflection of our work to ensure every child grows up happy, healthy, and with hope – and our work has never been more important.

If you would like to sponsor a child, please contact Lisa Hanneman at lisa.hanneman@ysgn.org. If you would like to support the program through a donation, please use the button below.

We have made changes to the program this year to ensure the safety of our donors, volunteers, staff, and recipients in the following ways:

  • The program will only be offered to client family members who are 18 years of age and younger.
  • We are not able to provide wrapped gifts and we will instead arrange for wrapping materials to be included with gifts. Please consider including wrapping paper, tape, bows, tags, and other items to assist these families in wrapping these gifts for their children.
  • Each child will receive 3-4 gifts. We have requested wish lists with more choices to ensure donors have options while shopping, however expectations are not that donors will cover all wish list items.
  • Donors may include gift cards or a general family gift for parents and older children to share if interested.

With these changes in mind, we hope you can join us for another wonderful display of generosity, hope, and holiday giving by sponsoring a child or multiple children.

For questions regarding gift sponsorship or collections, please contact Lisa Hanneman at lisa.hanneman@ysgn.org.

For questions regarding volunteer opportunities or wrapping material donations, please contact Jennifer Fitch at jennifer.fitch@ysgn.org.


The Holiday Gift Program helps under-served families who look to Youth Services for support. All recipient families have a child or children enrolled in either our Boys & Girls Clubs, Study Buddies, mentor program, individual and group counseling, Pride youth, or crisis intervention services. The families whose wishes you are helping to make possible rely on the simple fact that Youth Services never turns anyone away based on ability to pay.

In FY19, more than $240,000 in mental health counseling was allocated to scholarships for children in need of these services who could not afford them otherwise. This is in addition to the myriad of free programming these children may receive through the other services we provide – all made possible by agency friends like you. If you would like to support Youth Services and the services we provide, please consider making a donation using the button below.


Here are just some of our wonderful volunteers from 2019!