City of Lawrence tightens its policy on holiday gifts

It’s the season of tri-section popcorn buckets and gift baskets, but under a new policy, the City of Lawrence will not be accepting many of those gifts.

City departments sometimes get holiday gifts from vendors they do business with, but the city manager’s office has let it be known that the policy applies to those gifts as well, said city spokeswoman Megan Gilliland. For the first holiday season under the policy, the city has been donating holiday gifts it receives to local charities.

The city gets everything from popcorn to fruit baskets to poinsettias, and, when applicable, will be donating the items to food pantries or other local organizations.

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