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Savlation Army Just About Ready for Christmas Bureau Distribution at OnCenter

Scott Willis

Preparations are well underway at the OnCenter for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau distribution on Monday.  
 Friday, a forklift operator unloaded a Wegmans truck filled with 19-thousand pounds of non-perishable goods including canned vegetables and fruit, juice, sauces, coffee, cocoa,  and tea.  That includes 27-hundred bags of potatoes, which Salvation Army Marketing Manager Greg Meitus says wasn’t expected.  
In all, Carter estimates the value of the food at $40,000. All of the items will be sorted and placed in food baskets for 2,500 needy Syracuse-area families, including 7,000 children.   

The Salvation Army's Greg Meitus explains fluctuations in registration for the Bureau Distribution.

  Meitus says a lot of credit goes out to the corporate community, which steps up year after year with donations and teams  of volunteers to make the day possible.  

Credit Scott Willis / WAER News
Volunteers unpack boxes and set up toys that will be given to the Syracuse area's needy children Monday.

  A total of 800 volunteers will be on site Monday, inlcluding a number of youth groups, to make sure needy families have food on the table and gifts under the tree this Christmas.

Scott Willis covers politics, local government, transportation, and arts and culture for WAER. He came to Syracuse from Detroit in 2001, where he began his career in radio as an intern and freelance reporter. Scott is honored and privileged to bring the day’s news and in-depth feature reporting to WAER’s dedicated and generous listeners. You can find him on twitter @swillisWAER and email him at