Keir Chapman SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Salvation Army has found an unconventional way to raise money for kids this holiday season.
Syracuse volunteers flocked to the streets this past Friday to sell a special edition of the Post-Standard. All proceeds from the Hope for the Holidays event go to the Christmas Bureau, an organization sponsored by the Salvation Army and United Way.
The Christmas Bureau aims to support low-income families with a toy and food giveaway. The Christmas Bureau Distribution Day will take place at the Oncenter on December 19.
According to Tom Brown, chairman of the event, Hope for the Holidays raised $51,500 last year. The event reportedly aided 7,000 children.
Trish LaMonte, Vice President of Advance Media New York, has been volunteering for five years. She said Hope for the Holidays allows residents to spread joy to those in need.
“Syracuse has one of the worst poverty rates in the country,” LaMonte said. “This is a really important way that we can help, and give back to the community.”
The Syracuse Crunch spent the morning outside the War Memorial, selling newspapers to downtown denizens. Matthew Thompson, youth hockey coordinator, has volunteered for the event since childhood. He said his family instilled in him his love for Hope for the Holidays.
“I’ve done this since I was eight because it’s something my mother believed in,” Thompson said. “[It’s]something that I grew to believe in, to make sure that we can help out kids, and any families that need around the holidays.”
As of now, there have been $265 in donations. Those interested in contributing after the sale ends Saturday, can donate at syracuse.com/oldnewsboys.