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Another Successful Year for Christmas Bureau

Posted on 01/17/17

January 17, 2017, Monroe, NC – The 38th year of the Union County Christmas Bureau has come to a close. What began as a year of challenges turned into another successful year because of community partners and volunteers that have a passion to serve others in their community.

The Christmas Bureau was organized to help meet the needs of low income families in Union County. The Christmas Bureau is a collaborative effort of many agencies within the county and serves as a clearinghouse to help prevent duplication of assistance among families. The Christmas Bureau relies on monetary donations, toy and gift item donations and family sponsorships.

Volunteers helped to ensure packages were put together with care and diligence. Donors gave generously to provide gifts to more than 1,700 families that applied to receive Christmas assistance. “We are thankful to Player Family Associates for the great location for this year’s distribution,” said Gloria Haney, volunteer services coordinator for Union County DSS and director of the Christmas Bureau. "The space was a perfect location and size for the distribution site. The distribution was extended one additional day due to the size of the parking lot, but it was a great year for us."

Baucom Service, TC Trucking, and McGee Brothers donated the use of trailers to store gifts for each day of distribution. McGee Brothers assisted in moving trailers in and out of the facility throughout the distribution. McGee Corporation donated more than 100 bicycles and promoted the Christmas Bureau in the Monroe Christmas Parade. Brandon Reeves Auto World and Carolinas Healthcare System in Monroe were instrumental in getting more than 1,300 bicycles donated to help make many children happy on Christmas morning.

There were more than 250 families that received Christmas assistance from sponsors that donated specific gifts tailored just for them. These families and children received gifts outside of the donations given to the Christmas Bureau. We also had 45 organizations or groups sponsor Gift Trees for more than 500 of the children we served. Those sponsors purchased gifts specifically for those children they sponsored.

"The weather played a factor during the distribution because it was cold and rainy for most of this year’s distribution," Haney said. "Volunteers made the best of it and kept things going until the last family was served. Overall, this year was another successful year thanks to all the support the Christmas Bureau receives from the community."