City of Lawrence Sponsors Holiday Toy and Food Drive – Curbside pick-up Dec 2 & 9

There are many great ways to give back to the community over the holidays. Here’s an opportunity the City of Lawrence is sponsoring:

On Monday, December 2nd, and Monday, December 9th (weather permitting), the City of Lawrence will be picking up new unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for donation along the regularly scheduled yard waste collection routes. All toys collected will be donated to the Lawrence Police Department’s Blue Santa Program and all food collected will be donated to Just Food, the Lawrence-Douglas County Food Bank.

Blue Santa asks that you donate new, unwrapped toys (for children under the age of 17) and/or grocery gift cards ($25.00 increments). Just Food asks that you donate any non-perishable food items. Some of the most needed items include boxed cereal, canned fruit and whole grain pasta.

Please set out any donation items next to your yard waste on either Monday for collection. If you do not wish to set the item out at the curb or do not have residential yard waste collection, please drop the donation items off directly at Just Food (1000 E. 11th Street) or any Toys 4 Tots collection bin

Please note, if yard waste collection is cancelled due to inclement weather on either December 2nd or 9th, the toy and food collection will not occur either. Instructions will be posted with the notice of service cancellation. (

Blue Santa Program
The Blue Santa Program was organized in 2011 by the men and women of the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department to provide toys and food for those who are less fortunate, living within the city limits of Lawrence, Kansas. Each year the Blue Santa Program provides every child in the family under the age of 17 with three wrapped gifts and a gift card from a local grocery store to purchase food for their holiday dinner. Lawrence Police Department personnel will deliver the wrapped gifts to the children and their families the week before Christmas. (

Just Food
Just Food is the food bank in Douglas County, supplying more than 40 partner agencies with food donated from food drives, as well as access to frozen meat, fresh produce and bread. Just Food also provides direct service to clients: it operates a food pantry, administers two federal food commodities programs, holds a monthly mobile food pantry, and participates in cooking and nutrition classes for low-income residents. Just Food and its partners play a key role in fighting hunger in our community by increasing the availability of a variety of foods, while helping to reduce waste and discarded food. (

For more information regarding this toy and food drive, please call 832-3030 or visit

Cassandra Ford
Waste Reduction & Recycling Specialist
City of Lawrence, KS
PO Box 708, Lawrence, KS 66044
office: (785) 832-3026 | fax: (785) 832-3056


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