Information on how to register for the Christmas Bureau Distribution

Registration for The Salvation Army's Christmas Bureau Distribution starts Wednesday, November 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Refugee Center, 501 Park Street in Syracuse.

The Christmas Bureau Distribution will take place this year on Friday, December 21st from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Oncenter. This is the largest Christmastime giveaway in Syracuse and every year eligible low-income families receive a book, a toy and a stocking stuffer for each child in their family. In addition, each family receives a holiday food basket that contains a turkey and all the fixings for a holiday dinner.

Here are the sign-up times and locations:

Refugee Center 501 Park St.

Wednesday, November 28 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday, November 29 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday, November 30 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Onondaga Tabernacle 7453 Morgan Rd., Liverpool

10:00 am-2:00 pm Saturday, December 1

Huntington Family Center 405 Gifford St.

Monday, December 3 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Greater Love in Christ Church 2026 Midland Ave.

Tuesday, December 4 10:00 am-5:30 pm

First English Lutheran Church 501 James St.

Wednesday, December 5 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Boys and Girls Club 2100 East Fayette Street

Thursday, December 6 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Dunbar Center 1453 S. State St.

Friday, December 7 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Salina Civic Center

2826 Lemoyne Ave., Mattydale

Saturday, December 8 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Oncenter 800 S. State St.

Monday, December 10 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday, December 11 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday. December 12 10:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday, December 13 10:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday, December 14 10:00 am-4:00 pm


Critical information:

Families of 2 or more, with at least one child age 16 or younger, living in Onondaga County and meeting the income guidelines below are eligible for Christmas Bureau. Each family receives a holiday food basket including a turkey and other boxed/canned goods. A toy and a book are provided for children birth through 12 years of age. A gift item and a book are available for youth ages 13 -16.



(no information will be available from prior years)

Many families receiving Temporary Assistance Benefits from the Department of Social Services will receive a "Benefits Summary Sheet" that will provide all of the information needed to register for the Christmas Bureau. Recipients must bring the Benefit Summary Sheet and personal ID with them to the registration site.

If you receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits only, you will not receive the letter. You are still eligible and can prove it by bringing the information below.

For Families NOT receiving the "Benefits Summary Sheet": Social Security Cards (or official document with social security number on it) for head of household and all family members Proof of Eligible Income-last 4 pay stubs, present year tax records, official document from the Social Security Administration,

NYS/UIB, etc. Please note: a benefit card is not sufficient for proof of income Proof of ages of all children-benefit cards, birth certificates, school records or immunizations/shot records from a doctor. Proof of address - piece of mail with envelope or utility bill dated within 90 days.