Youth Emergency Services Releases 2020 Holiday Wish List
youthin the community who are experiencing homelessness or near-homelessness. Due to COVID-19 restrictions/concerns, YES is accepting only the items listed below. The greatest need is for gift cards/monetary donations.
YES is unable to host its annual Santa’s Workshop event/gathering this year, so gift cards will be dispersed to youth instead. The goal is to give each young person store gift cards as well as fast food gift cards.
The list has become an annual event where youth describe their wishes for the holiday season, and members of the community—churches, businesses, individuals, etc.—respond by donating items on the list as a gesture of goodwill and holiday spirit. This year’s list includes:
- Gas cards and bus passes (adult w/transfer, 30 day pass)
- Gift cards (Walmart, Walgreens, Target, grocery stores, Menards, Home Depot, fast food—$10 and $20 increments)
- Apple and Android chargers
- Footballs & Basketballs
- Razors/Electric Shavers/Clippers
- Men’s Coats (M-XXXL)
- Women’s Coats (S-XXXL)
- Hand warmers
- Fleece blankets
Monetary donations also allow Youth Emergency Services to continue providing a full continuum of care to ensure all youth receive the support they need, no matter their situation. This includes a Street Outreach Center, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living Program, Maternity Home, and Rapid Rehousing program. Online donations can be made at www.yesomaha.org/donate. Items from the list can be delivered to or dropped off at: 2679 Farnam St., STE 205, Omaha, NE 68131. Hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.