What We Do

School Backpack Drive

Friends of LCCS ensures that children supported by Lucas County Children Services have the supplies they need to begin each school year. Volunteers pack and distribute more than 750 backpacks with classroom essentials ranging from notebooks and pencils to rulers and erasers.

Backpack with School Supplies
Graduation Cap & Diploma

Special Events

Given that the children being served by LCCS have had to deal with more adversity in their young lives than any child should ever be expected to face, one of the goals of Friends of LCCS is to provide the positive and memorable childhood experiences that many of us take for granted. Some of these activities include, but are not limited to, the LCCS holiday gift drive and party, high school graduation and adoption ceremonies, summer caregiver picnics, movie nights, a school supply/backpack drive, and a safe and family-friendly community wide Trunk or Treat.

Holiday Gift Drive

Lucas County Children Services and Friends of LCCS provide gifts to nearly 2,000 children each winter holiday season. The children are under the care or supervision of LCCS, and the gifts presented are often the only gifts they receive.

Birthday Cake

Cakes for Kids

We are very pleased to announce the brand new Cakes for Kids program. Friends of LCCS has partnered with Jera’s Heavenly Sweet bakery to provide each child with a specially designed birthday cake to celebrate the big day.


Children entering the care of Lucas County Children Services undergo a medical examination. They pass through a play area loaded with stuffed animals upon arrival at the clinic. Each child selects an animal that provides them comfort during the physical exam. The children get to take their HUGS animals with them when they leave.

With more than 500 children receiving services at the clinic each year, there is a constant need for more HUGS.

Teddy Bear

Independent Living

Many children remain in the care of Lucas County Children Services until they become adults. Most lack essential items necessary for daily living. Friends of LCCS helps provide those young adults with start-up items by collecting household items and small appliances. Your donations are welcome.

Hygiene Product Collection

When Lucas County Children Services must remove children from their homes, there is rarely enough time to gather personal hygiene items. For that reason, Friends of LCCS collects and distributes products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and deodorant.

Soap, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

Caregiver and Caseworker Appreciation

LCCS would not be able to do its job of protecting children without the dedication and efforts of relative caregivers, foster parents, and the LCCS caseworkers. Friends of LCCS also makes an effort to thank them for their service and to let them know how much they are appreciated through luncheons and other special gestures throughout the year.

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