Christmas Bureau to accept applications starting October 25 | Community Spirit
UNION COUNTY - The Union County Christmas Bureau will open Monday, Oct. 25 to begin accepting applications from families that request assistance for the Christmas season.
This year the Christmas Bureau is located at 2107 W. Roosevelt Boulevard in the old Big Lots building next to the Monroe Crossing Shopping Center.
“Monroe Crossing has graciously provided the former Big Lots location for us to use this year,” said Gloria Haney, volunteer services coordinator for the Union County Department of Social Services and director of the Christmas Bureau.
“We have 12,000 more square feet than we had last year. We are so grateful to Monroe Crossing for their generosity.”
“The Christmas Bureau is an amazing organization for the community and Monroe Crossing is more than happy to help by providing space during the holiday season to help those who are in need and make their holiday a little brighter,” said Sarah Enten, marketing director for Monroe Crossing.
During the 2009 Christmas season, 2,074 families and 8,277 individuals received some type of assistance from the Christmas Bureau or outside sponsors.
More families than ever before are expected to seek assistance this year.
In order to meet the needs of all the families requesting assistance, the Christmas Bureau is asking businesses, churches, families, groups and individuals to donate toys, nonperishable food and money.
“The Christmas Bureau depends on support and donations from the community,” Haney said. “I’m asking those more fortunate in Union County to please help the families in our county who are less fortunate.”
The Christmas Bureau requests that donations be made before Friday, Dec. 10. Groups or individuals may also assist by sponsoring families, gift trees or filling stockings for children. Beginning Oct. 25, monetary donations may be made in person or mailed to the Christmas Bureau at 2107 W. Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe, NC 28110. All donations are tax deductible.
Volunteers are also needed for various tasks throughout November and December. If you are able to help, you may reach the Union County Christmas Bureau at 704-291-9041.
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