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Syracuse Salvation Army Christmas Bureau signups underway

A bag full of gifts from last year's Salvation Army Christmas Bureau!
Syracuse Salvation Army
A bag full of gifts from last year!

The Syracuse Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Bureau Distribution Day is fast approaching. It’s a way for families who are facing difficult financial times to provide gifts for the holidays and spread some cheer. Donations come from well over 100 toy drives and other supporters. Christina Thornton is the Director of the army’s practical and assistance services. She says it’s a major event.

“We typically serve anywhere from 2,700 to 3,000 families a year and provide them with a large box of food for their Christmas and they also receive toys for children in the family.”

Thornton says the large amount of food people receive will last for a few days. Thornton says people can register now through the Salvation Army website. Those eligible need to meet income guidelines of 150 percent of the federal poverty level and will need to show proof of income and proof of their address. There are also some upcoming in-person registrations listed on the website. December 20th is distribution day. She says several volunteers are available to help with toy selection and other needs. Thornton says it’s one of the largest events of its kind.

“You know holidays are tough, but you want to be able to get something for your kids. So it’s nice to be able to help families who have fallen on hard times.”

Distribution day is December 20th at the Oncenter from 9 AM until 6 PM. Click here for more information.

Bob Beck, a veteran media professional, currently serves as a part-time editor/host at WAER Public Radio and an adjunct professor at Syracuse University. Beck retired as News Director at Wyoming Public Radio in 2022 after 34 years. During his time, Beck won 5 regional Edward R. Murrow awards and 5 Public Media Journalists Association awards for reporting. He also won 11 PMJA awards for the news and public affairs program Open Spaces. He was awarded the Wyoming School Bell award for education reporting and was part of two Emmy Award winning television productions. You can find him on X under the name @butterbob.