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6:43 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Savlation Army Just About Ready for Christmas Bureau Distribution at OnCenter

Preparations are well underway at the OnCenter for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Bureau distribution on Monday.  

Toys are unpacked at the Salvation Army's Christmas Bureau at the OnCenter.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News
 Friday, a forklift operator unloaded a Wegmans truck filled with 19-thousand pounds of non-perishable goods including canned vegetables and fruit, juice, sauces, coffee, cocoa,  and tea.  That includes 27-hundred bags of potatoes, which Salvation Army Marketing Manager Greg Meitus says wasn’t expected.  
The Salvation Army's Greg Meitus and Evelyn Carter with Wegmans tell us how the potato deal was struck.

In all, Carter estimates the value of the food at $40,000. All of the items will be sorted and placed in food baskets for 2,500 needy Syracuse-area families, including 7,000 children.   

The Salvation Army's Greg Meitus explains fluctuations in registration for the Bureau Distribution.

  Meitus says a lot of credit goes out to the corporate community, which steps up year after year with donations and teams  of volunteers to make the day possible.  

Volunteers unpack boxes and set up toys that will be given to the Syracuse area's needy children Monday.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

  A total of 800 volunteers will be on site Monday, inlcluding a number of youth groups, to make sure needy families have food on the table and gifts under the tree this Christmas.