Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a way to help other than by sponsoring a child or donating funds?

Typically we use volunteers for food drives, collection of donations and for other activities. This year, with Covid-19 the opportunities to volunteer are fewer but still important.  

  • Refer an isolated or elderly friend, neighbor or family member to receive a Fruit & Goody Bag
    If you know an elderly or isolated person in the Trumansburg area who would like to receive a Fruit Basket with holiday greetings, please call Holly Weatherby at (607) 387-5266 with their Name, Address and Phone number, or you can send the same information by email to

  • Refer a family in need
    We encourage you to talk with the family before you refer them to be sure they would like to participate and then…

  • Like us on Facebook and share our page with your friends
    We are always looking for ways to spread the word. Any assistance you can give us is greatly appreciated!

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

We ask that you commit to buying at least one outfit of new clothing (such as jeans, turtle neck or t-shirt and a warm sweater, fleece, or hoody), a hat and gloves or mittens, and 1-3 presents for each child sponsored.  

We offer the following guidelines:

  • Children under 5:  $50-$60
  • Children 6-12: $60 -$80
  • Teens:    $80-$100

Can I request a specific age or gender?

We appreciate your willingness to sponsor any child in need. While we understand that you may enjoy shopping for a child of a certain age or gender unfortunately we are unable to guarantee that we can accommodate such requests.

If you have a child in school, we ask that you NOT request a child of the same age since it can be awkward for your child to see a classmate wearing the clothes you purchased.  We do our best to protect the privacy of all children and families.

When will I find out who I’ll be shopping for?

You will receive a letter and shopping form before Thanksgiving which will give you two to three weeks to purchase your gifts.  The letter and form will provide you with specific shopping information for the child or children that you are sponsoring as well as instructions for delivering the gifts on Saturday, December 12th  from 9:00-12:00pm at Ulysses Square 1891 Trumansburg Road.  Please arrange to be on time with the delivery of your gifts.

How do I know what to buy?

The Christmas Bureau asks every family to give us each child’s height, weight, clothing sizes, color preferences, any special interests like teams, characters, etc, and what the children would like as presents. We provide that information to you along with the first name of each child on a Shopper Form and then we ask you to write down each item you buy so parents will know what has been purchased. Some parents provide lots of details and some are so grateful for anything that they say anything is fine and then you can decide based on the children’s ages and sizes.

Do we deliver presents directly to the children?

No. We ask you to deliver wrapped gifts to us and then families come to pick up their presents and food from us. To protect the family’s privacy, we assign each family a number.

When & where do we bring the wrapped presents?

On Saturday Dec. 12th, please bring wrapped and labeled gifts and the shopper form listing all purchases to the address included in your sponsor letter anytime between 9:00-12noon. 

Do we buy gifts for the parents?

No. We ask you to focus your efforts on the children. We provide food for the family. If you’d like to, we encourage you to buy a game the whole family can play with: that can be labeled “For the whole family”

Can I donate used toys, clothes or stuffed animals?

If you have NEW, unopened gifts, you may bring those in unwrapped.  We cannot accept any used toys, stuffed animals, clothing or books, etc.  We suggest you donate those items to Catholic Charities.  

How many people does the Christmas Bureau help?

In 2019, 163 children received clothing and gifts, 61 families received a week’s worth of food and 97 older, isolated individuals received Fruit & Goody Bags.

Who may I contact if I have more questions?

E-mail us at