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Gifts of Love 2020 is December 6 - 13!

How it Works

City Impact sets up a Christmas store for income-qualified families to spend their own money on gifts for their kids. Parents buy new gifts at 70% off retail prices.

The store is stocked with new donated gifts, collected at various sites throughout Lincoln. Donated money is also used to purchase gifts for the store.

City Impact kids also have the opportunity to shop the Gifts of Love store, using points they earn at program. Our kids buy gifts for their parents, siblings, and other family. It helps make Christmas even more special for them!

The Gifts of Love store is staffed with volunteers from local businesses, church and philanthropy groups, student clubs, families, and other groups large and small. Volunteers spend a few hours setting up the store, helping shoppers select gifts, wrapping presents, or sharing treats. They are both blessed and a blessing!

Ultimately, the goal of Gifts of Love is to provide Christmas with dignity to families who need a hand up, sharing the love of Jesus with our community.

Community Support

You Can Help

Donate new, unwrapped gifts

Gifts can be dropped off at City Impact or at a number of locations around Lincoln beginning November 7th.

Make an online donation

$40 is all it takes to sponsor the purchase of new Christmas gifts for a child. 

Volunteer

Gifts of Love is supported by hundreds of local volunteers helping our shoppers, picking up donations, decorating our space, and much more.

Send a gift donation with just a click!

Amazon Mobile App Users: Clicking the Amazon wishlist button may ask you to launch the Amazon mobile app. If this occurs, the incorrect wishlist may be displayed. We recommend using Amazon through your web browser instead. Tap and hold the button to copy the wishlist’s URL, then paste the URL in a web browser.

Send gifts to

Questions about Gifts of Love 2020?

Gifts of Love Shoppers

Gifts of Love 2020 registration is now full, as is the waitlist.

Shopping

For the health and safety of our community in the midst of COVID, Gifts of Love 2020 is going virtual!

Questions about registration or shopping?

Gifts of Love is one of Lincoln’s largest and longest running Christmas outreach programs, providing Christmas with dignity to families in need.

Last year the Gifts of Love store provided quality presents to 3,177 children and their parents, at a small fraction of retail prices.

Gifts of Love 2020 Collection Sites

Receiving gift donations November 7 – December 2

After December 2 all gifts can be dropped off at City Impact 1035 N. 33rd St.

Interested in partnering with us as a Gifts of Love collection site? Contact Lisa at lguill@cityimpact.org.

Wish Lists

Support Gifts of Love from your couch! Buy items from the Amazon or Walmart wishlists and ship them directly to City Impact. 🙂 

Amazon Mobile App Users: Clicking the Amazon wishlist button may ask you to launch the Amazon mobile app. If this occurs, the incorrect wishlist may be displayed. We recommend using Amazon through your web browser instead. Tap and hold the button to copy the wishlist’s URL, then paste the URL in a web browser.

Youngest Students: Pre/k-3rd

Girls

  • Play kitchen toys
  • Disney toys
  • Arts & crafts items
  • Baby dolls
  • Squishmallows

Boys

  • Star Wars toys
  • Super hero gear
  • Cars (Hot Wheels, Tonka, accessories)
  • Sports balls

Girls

  • Barbies
  • Disney items
  • Scooters & bikes
  • Craft kits
  • Young adult fiction

Boys

  • Star Wars action figures
  • Nerf toys
  • Beyblades toys
  • Movie-themed LEGOs

Girls

  • Bluetooth headphones
  • Fashion items (makeup, jewelry, hair appliances)
  • Cozy blankets
  • Clothing gift cards (H&M, Forever 21)

Boys

  • Cologne sets
  • Pro-sports team gear
  • Sports balls & accessories
  • Drones
  • Name-brand sweatshirts

Our City Impact program students have the opportunity to shop for their parents!

Moms

  • Kitchen items
  • Makeup and perfume
  • Coffee gift sets
  • Exercise trackers
  • Home spa items (lotions, manicure sets)
  • Candles

Dads

  • Thermo mugs
  • Hot sauce sets
  • Gift cards
    (Wal-Mart, Target, Scheels)
  • Car accessories
  • Tools

Gifts of Love FAQ

We take the health and safety of the community very seriously. In order to protect shoppers and volunteers, the following measures will be taken.

  • Self-screening: All volunteers are asked to self-screen before serving, checking their temperature, COVID-19 related symptoms, and assess whether they’ve been in contact with a recently diagnosed individual.
  • Limited contact: Shoppers will NOT be entering the Gifts of Love store physically. Rather, they will shop via a zoom call. Volunteer shopper assistants will be in the Gifts of Love store leading shopper zoom calls, to help shoppers find the best gifts for their kids.
  • Smaller groups: Shopping will be spread out over five days, to allow for smaller groups of volunteers and appropriate distancing.
  • Masks: City Impact requires compliance with local health and safety mandates, including wearing masks.
  • Cleaning surfaces: High contact surfaces will be cleaned frequently.
  • No gift wrap service: In order to limit contact, we are not able to offer gift wrap service to shoppers this year.

New gifts and monetary donations (to buy gifts) are collected from the Lincoln community. Last year, 3,177 children and their parents to receive new personalized Christmas gifts.

Students purchase items for adult loved ones using vouchers earned through participation in City Impact programs.

Gifts of Love 2020 will be held December 6 – 13. All donations (items and financial support) need to be received by December 6th.

  • Donate gifts: We’ll be accepting new and current unwrapped gifts and wrapping supplies through December 6th. Donations are tax deductible. $25 – $50+ new items are greatly appreciate. We appreciate your gently used gifts, though we are strictly only taking new and current items. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Volunteer: Sign up to be a Gifts of Love volunteer here!
  • Donate: Offer a financial contribution.  Check, cash, and online donations accepted.

Shopper FAQ

We take the health and safety of the community very seriously. In order to protect shoppers and volunteers, the following measures will be taken.

  • Shop via zoom: Shoppers will receive a secure zoom call link for their select shopping time. Shoppers will still come to City Impact at their shopping time, but they will be on the zoom call from our parking lot. Shopper assistants will help shoppers navigate the Gifts of Love store via the zoom call, to find the best gifts!
  • Pay via card: When shoppers have found the right gifts, they will pay via credit or debit card on the zoom call.
  • Gifts brought to you: After shopping and payment, a volunteer team will deliver the shopper’s gifts directly to the shopper’s car and review a printed receipt with the shopper.
  • No gift wrap service this year: In order to limit contact, we are not able to offer gift wrap this year. However, we can offer a free gift wrap package for shoppers to take home.
  • No Walk Up Shopping: Due to COVID-19, we are unable to offer Walk Up Shopping this year.

For the health and safety of our community in the midst of COVID, Gifts of Love 2020 is going virtual!

What does this mean?

Registration

  • Shopper registration will be online only at cityimpact.org.
  • Community shopper registration will open at 9am, October 28th and run until November 13th, or until all registration spots are full.
  • Shoppers will be asked to give a wishlist of 2-3 items per child, to help us stock the store better.
  • Registration requirements are the same as always.
  • After the online registration form is submitted, you will be contacted to complete your registration and select a shopping date/time.
  • Anyone wanting to register who absolutely cannot do online registration should contact us at lguill@cityimpact.org to make other arrangements.

Who qualifies for Gifts of Love?

You must be the legal guardian of each child being registered. The child must be under 19 years old and live in your home. To learn whether you qualify, see the following income eligibility guide:

Household sizeIncome less than, or equal to
2$31,894
3$40,182
4$48,470
5$56,758
6$65,046
7$73,334
8$81,622
Each additional person add$8,288

You will need to provide:

  1. Current photo ID
  2. Social Security card for each child. Also acceptable: Medicaid card, 2019 tax return, passport, government issued ID.
  3. Proof of income eligibility, any ONE of the following:
    • LPS letter stating free or reduced lunch eligibility
    • Medicaid card
    • HHS letter stating SNAP case number
    • Most recent pay stub of each adult in household

Shopping will be December 10 – 13. Shopping times are selected at family registration.

See COVID-19 question in this FAQ for detailed information on shopping in 2020.

 

 

Due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to offer Walk-up Shopping in 2020.

Contact Information

Questions? Email Lisa Guill at lguill@cityimpact.org