Holiday Giving – To Give Help

Helping our neighbors in Lyme and Old Lyme through our
Thanksgiving Food Drive & Holiday Giving Program.

LYSB helps local families in need during the holiday season through two programs:  Thanksgiving Food Drive and the Holiday Giving Program.

LYSB coordinates the Holiday Giving Program in cooperation with the Social Services Departments of both Lyme and Old Lyme, and the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools.  The holiday season is a time for caring and sharing, but can be especially difficult for families facing extreme financial challenges. If you would like to help struggling neighbors in our community during the holidays please contact LYSB.  There are several ways you can help local families:

  • “Adopt” a family and we will give you a wish list with items and sizes to purchase.
  • Make a general donation to the program and let us decide where to best use the donation.  Contributions can be made securely online by CLICKING HERE  or you can mail a check to LYSB, PO Box 589.  Please indicate this donation is to be used for Holiday Giving.
  • Gift cards are the number one requested gift.  Our families request gift cards to grocery stores, gas, and stores where teens like to shop (mall stores, etc.)  Call us for suggestions if you need help.

To learn more contact  LYSB: 860-434-7208 or email   Many organizations, businesses, and individuals help us each year to assist more than 40 L/OL families with more than 100 children.

GIVING TREE TAGS:  If you picked up a tag from one of our “Giving Trees”we thank you!  Please bring your item to LYSB by December 15, 2023.    The #1 request we see from the childrens’ wish lists is gift cards.   If you need gift ideas, please call us at 860-434-7208 and we are happy to help! If you would like to host a Giving Tree at your business, please contact us.
Families in need of gifts may register by contacting LYSB 860-434-7208 or CLICK HERE

In collaboration with the Old Lyme Police Union.
The 2023 Thanksgiving Food Drive at the Old Lyme Marketplace on Halls Road near the Big Y will take place on the following days:
•Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Wednesday, November 15, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
•Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations of non-perishable food can also be brought directly to LYSB, 59 Lyme Street, between November 13th and November 17th.  All food donated will be distributed to local families in need. Food will also be given to stock the pantries at Lymes’ Senior Center and the Town of Old Lyme Social Services.  All remaining food is then given to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries in Old Lyme.

Suggestions for grocery items we could use include:
Traditional Thanksgiving meal items (Turkey, Pie)
Protein items such as beans, canned meats, tuna, cereals, oatmeal, peanut butter, nuts.
Items not covered by SNAP (food stamps) such as: Household supplies (dish washing liquid, laundry soap, plastic garbage bags), Personal items (toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap), Pet foods, Paper Products such as toilet paper, napkins, tissues, paper towels, tampons, diapers any size, baby wipes.

Families in need of food may contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 x0, or CLICK HERE