Salvation Army Christmas Bureau registration underway

Wednesday is the kickoff for the one of the biggest holiday giveaways in Central New York.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Wednesday is the kickoff for the one of the biggest holiday giveaways in Central New York.

Dozens of families gathered at the Refugee Center on Park Street in Syracuse to register for the Christmas Bureau Distribution.

Each year the Salvation Army partners with thousands of volunteers for the event to provide food and toys for families in need.

This year, organizers expect to serve at least 3,000 less-fortunate families around our area.

Christmas Bureau Information from the Salvation Army

10:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m. @ ONCENTER

Registration Locations and Times

Refugee Center
501 Park St.
Wednesday, November 28 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Thursday, November 29 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Friday, November 30 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Onondaga Tabernacle
7453 Morgan Rd., Liverpool 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Saturday, December 1

Huntington Family Center
405 Gifford St.
Monday, December 3 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Greater Love in Christ Church
2026 Midland Ave.
Tuesday, December 4 10:00 am-5:30 pm

First English Lutheran Church
501 James St.
Wednesday, December 5 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Boys and Girls Club
2100 East Fayette Street
Thursday, December 6 10:00 am-5:30 pm

1453 S. State St.
Friday, December 7 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Salina Civic Center
2826 Lemoyne Ave., Mattydale
Saturday, December 8 10:00 am-2:00 pm

800 S. State St.
Monday, December 10 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Tuesday, December 11 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Wednesday. December 12 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Thursday, December 13 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Friday, December 14 10:00 am-4:00 pm

All families must register, even if registered in a prior year.

Beginning December 1st, 2012, The Salvation Army will be partnering with Upstate Children’s
Hospital in an effort to get children vaccinated and pair families with a primary care physician.

Please call HELPLINE or see the Registration Coordinator for more information.

Families of 2 or more, with at least one child age 16 or younger, living in Onondaga County and meeting the income guidelines below are eligible for Christmas Bureau.

Each family receives a holiday food basket including a turkey and other boxed/canned goods. A toy and a book are provided for children birth through 12 years of age. A gift item and a book are available for youth ages 13 –16.


(no information will be available from prior years)
Many families receiving Temporary Assistance Benefits from the Department of Social Services will receive a “Benefits Summary Sheet” that will provide all of the information needed to register for
the Christmas Bureau. Recipients must bring the Benefit Summary Sheet and personal ID with them to the registration site.

If you receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits only, you will not receive the letter. You are still eligible and can prove it by bringing the information below.

For Families NOT receiving the “Benefits Summary Sheet”: Social Security Cards (or official document with social security number on it) for head of household and all family members Proof of Eligible Income—last 4 pay stubs, present year tax records, official document from the Social Security Administration, NYS/UIB, etc. Please note: a benefit card is not sufficient for proof of income

Proof of ages of all children—benefit cards, birth certificates, school records or immunizations/shot records from a doctor.

Proof of address - piece of mail with envelope or utility bill dated within 90 days.


Family Size Monthly Gross Income Yearly Gross Income
2 $1,891 $22,695
3 $2,386 $28,635
4 $2,881 $34,575
5 $3,376 $40,515
6 $3,871 $46,445
7 $4,366 $52,395
8 $4,861 $58,335
Based on 150% of 2012 Federal Poverty Guidelines
Add $5,940/yr for each additional family member

Questions? Call HELPLINE at 435-8300

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