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LETTERS: Christmas Bureau thanks community

— To the editor: With the 2011 holiday season over, the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau would like to thank each and every person that made it possible for the less fortunate families in the Baldwinsville School District to have Christmas.

This year, we experienced an increase in the number of families registering. A total of 178 families were assisted this year. This included 86 seniors and 30 individuals in area group homes, 61 baby bags for infants to age two, 253 stockings for children 3 to 12 years old and totes for teens and adults resulting in a total of 775 people helped to enjoy Christmas. We also donated to P.E.A.C.E. Inc., and the Baldwinsville food pantries. Each elementary school received a bag of mittens.

We sincerely thank all of you - individuals, families, businesses, service organizations, schools, scout troops, all area churches with their special donations and others who contributed food, toys, clothing and gifts to support our efforts. Nursery school students, elementary school classes and church groups; all the knitters who brought in their handiwork; the “elves” who helped whenever they were needed; the junior high students who baked bread; our generous “Santas;” and, of course, the many volunteers who helped - we thank you. Your support made this all possible.

Tremendous support was received from every school in the Baldwinsville School District. We received donations of canned goods, household gifts, books, hats, scarves and toys. Special thanks to the Baldwinsville Educational Support Personnel for all their donations.

Our appreciation also goes to Sal's Pizzeria, The Canal Walk Cafe, Tassones and Subway for providing delicious food for our workers.

Additional support came from:

The local Kiwanis Club who provided toys through “Trooper Toys for Tots” and transported them from Fredonia;

The group “noXcuse” and “Quintessence” for the wonderful concert they put on to benefit Christmas Bureau, and the First Presbyterian Church for allowing them the use of their auditorium;

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