The Trumansburg Area Christmas Bureau – formerly the Ulysses Christmas Bureau – was started over 70 years ago to assist families in the Trumansburg Central School District who experience difficult times during the Christmas Season. Through the generosity of Trumansburg neighbors, The Christmas Bureau provides children with new clothes and toys as well also providing their families with additional food for the holiday period. We are an all-volunteer, charitable organization which is affiliated with the Ulysses Community Council. Most of all we are neighbors helping neighbors.
Historically we have worked with school nurses and others in order to identify families residing in the Trumansburg School District with children ages 0-18 who are in need of support. With the added stress that the school staff are experiencing with the Covid-19 crisis, we are creatively working and looking for new ways to identify and reach out those families in need.
The matching side of our work is where community members who would like to help us provide a new outfit of clothing, hat, gloves or mittens, and 1-3 presents for each child. We also receive financial donations from community members that enables us to provide food for the whole family which helps with the added expense of Christmas dinner and a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches when school is out during the winter break.
In addition to serving the children and their families, we have a Holiday Fruit & Goody Bag Program which gives our community a way to remember and support those neighbors who can’t get out as much as they used to. Volunteers prepare and deliver a package of fresh fruit, homemade cookies, and holiday greetings which are hand delivered to these special community members who could use some holiday cheer.
Thank you for helping us make this a special Christmas for our neighbors in need!