Thousands bringing home gifts from the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau Distribution Day

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Many drivers were struck in traffic in downtown Syracuse Wednesday–but it’s for good reason. Thousands of people are going in and out of the Oncenter for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau!

It’s a tradition of twenty years–where low income families bring home toys, books and food they otherwise may have gone without. Among the crowd is Dwayne Frazier and his son, Dontrevion.

“I just want to see him happy and smiling, he makes me happy, everybody’s happy lets put it like that, and so far, it’s been a good Christmas,” Frazier said. 

That holiday now made even better—as the two are spending the day picking out gifts they can bring home to their family. 

“What I love is the responses that you see in the faces of the families. Right? It’s the children that are so excited to pick out a gift that otherwise may not have one,” said Julia Odonnell, a volunteer.

The donations came from the community, right after Thanksgiving. It’s all to make this time of year easier for low income families. 

“I think it’s something that the community can rally around. And we all know what our poverty is like, Syracuse is very high in poverty. And yet we have an incredible amount of base of people that really give,” said Major David Dean, Director of County Operations for the Salvation Army. 

Though Dontrevion and thousands of others will walk away with shiny new presents, he’s grateful for more than just the toys. 

“I’m very happy and very joyful and I just love all these people getting what they want,” Dontrevion said.

A Christmas he’ll remember for years to come. 

“Now when he gets home and opens up his toys, it makes me feel good now. the line was long, but patience is what counts,” Frazier said. 

1,500 volunteers helped out at the event today. 

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