H.O.P.E. Supports the Mission of the Union County Christmas Bureau
Great News! On November 14th, the Christmas Bureau is moving to its 2018 location at 2115 W. Roosevelt Blvd, Suite 200 (former Sears location) in Monroe Crossings Mall. Volunteer slots are now available for Monday thru Friday toy sorting, filling wish lists and other tasks.
Use the link here or on the Get Involved tab to register.
Christmas gifts for children in need
Food for Christmas dinner
Food during the children’s time off from school
Who We Are. Our Mission
H.O.P.E. (Hearts Of People Everywhere) for the Christmas Bureau of Union County, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by volunteers to assist families in need in Union County, North Carolina.
HOPE's mission is to support the Christmas Bureau and to collaborate with businesses, communities, schools, churches, civic organizations and individuals to help meet the needs of our neighbors. HOPE uses volunteers to raise funds and other resources, and to promote community awareness, to help families in need to have a joyful holiday.
How We Got Started
Three community members became involved with the Union County Christmas Bureau a number of years ago as volunteers and quickly realized that they could help support the Christmas Bureau in a much greater way. It was evident that there was a need for a 501(c)(3) and these three ladies joined forces to form Hearts of People Everywhere (H.O.P.E.) in July 2010. Since then we have been joined by many others in the community who believe in the mission of the Christmas Bureau and want to help expand its reach.
History of the Christmas Bureau
The Union County Christmas Bureau has a great history of helping families in our community. In 1979, the Jaycee Goodfellows, the Salvation Army, and the Department of Social Services came together to try to help meet the needs of families during the Christmas season. That first year, approximately 300 families were provided with toys and food for their gifts.
The Union County Christmas Bureau was organized in 1983 to help meet the needs of low-income families in our communities. The Christmas Bureau became a collaborative effort of many agencies within Union County including churches, civic groups, schools, and businesses. The Christmas Bureau was also formed as a clearinghouse to help prevent duplication of assistance among families.
Today, the Union County Christmas Bureau assists over 2,000 families each year by providing Christmas gifts, warm clothing and food for Christmas dinner and food during the children’s’ time off from school. To continue to meet the needs of this growing number, the Christmas Bureau needs help from others in our community. In addition to more than 200 volunteers, the Christmas Bureau relies on monetary donations, toy and gift donations, and family sponsorships. Individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations can find at least one way they can assist and help others in the community.
HOPE and the Christmas Bureau are especially grateful to support we receive from the community at large, and for the annual grants we have received from the Union County Community Foundation, that have allowed us to better serve our neighbors in need.