LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The city of Lawrence will no longer accept many of the holiday gifts it receives under a new policy.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports city departments sometimes gets holiday gifts from residents or vendors they do business with, but the city manager says the new policy applies to those gifts as well.
City spokeswoman Megan Gilliland says employees who work in public safety and solid waste tend to receive the most gifts from residents. They are allowed to keep some gifts, like cookies to be shared throughout the department, but they’re not allowed to accept cash, gift certificates or alcohol.
The city will now be donating the gifts to local charities. People who send gifts will be sent a thank-you note and will have their gift returned if possible.