Brighten Someone’s Christmas

Become A Volunteer

Each year the Christmas Bureau must rely on hundreds of individual, group, and family volunteers to help meet the needs of serving the families who apply to receive Christmas assistance. Volunteers are very important to the success of the program and help in many ways. Volunteers perform basic office tasks, accept donations, match clients and donors, schedule other volunteers, and sort toys or food for gifts. During distribution, volunteers will organize the gift tree items for scheduled pickup.

Gift the gift of your time. If you would like to volunteer during the Christmas season, please go online to the Volunteer Registration Site and sign up for one or more shifts — even if you can only help for a couple of hours, every hand is appreciated.  Click VOLUNTEER or copy this link in your browser:

Please Note:  

VOLUNTEER SHIFTS ARE UPDATED FREQUENTLY   We appreciate your support and ask that you check HOPE’s website, follow us on Twitter or Instagram (Hope4ChristmasBureau) or check our volunteer site directly using this link

Application Processing

There are many opportunities for volunteers to help with the Union County Christmas Bureau.  Currently, volunteers are  needed who have basic computer skills and can commit to at last 4-8 hours each week from September 30th thru November 22nd. Volunteers are asked to help in 4 hour shifts (8:30-12:30) or (12:30 -4:30).

If you are able to help or want to learn more, please follow these instructions to register online for this event:

Visit the H.O.P.E. Union County Christmas Bureau event registration page here. If you have problems with that link, try copying and pasting this address in your browser:

Click on the “Sign Up” button next to your preferred date.
Follow the on screen instructions to access the CERVIS registration system. If this is your first time using the system, you will be prompted to create a Volunteer Profile.
Once you have successfully signed into the system (or created a profile, if needed) you will automatically be registered for this event and receive a confirmation E-mail.


Additional Volunteer Opportunities will become available as we get closer to Christmas. Please check the volunteer registration page frequently to register for available shifts.

Sponsor A Gift Tree

Churches, business, and other organizations sponsor Gift Trees each year. During the Christmas season, there are generally about 70 gift trees throughout the county that provide over 1,200 children and adults with Christmas gifts.  The goal is to be able to place every child who applies for assistance on a gift tree somewhere in our county.

If your church, business, or group would like to sponsor a gift tree, please call the Christmas Bureau at 704-247-7996.

Sponsor A Family

There are over 2,100 families who will apply for Christmas assistance.  These families are as small as single parent homes with one child and as large as two parents and up to 12 children. There is a family that is just waiting to hear from a sponsor who would love to help them make their children’s Christmas holiday just a little brighter.

The first step in sponsoring a family is determining what size family you would like to sponsor. This depends on the amount of money you are willing to spend in order to make a family’s Christmas brighter.   Sponsors are asked to provide one new clothing outfit per child and at least two toys for each child. For the family, sponsors provide food for Christmas dinner either by purchasing the food yourself, or by purchasing a grocery store gift card so that they can do their own shopping.

To sponsor a family, please call the Christmas Bureau at 704-296-4312  or fill out the form below and someone will contact you.

  • Size family for sponsorship:
  • Size family for sponsorship:
  • Size family for sponsorship:
Fill Christmas Stockings

The perfect complement for a child’s Christmas gifts is a stocking filled with small toys and goodies just for him or her. The Christmas Bureau provides empty stockings to you, your group, or organization, and you can fill those stockings to make a smile light up a child’s face.

After you have filled the stocking with items for a specific age child, please complete the label provided to you with the gender and age that is most appropriate for the items you have included in the stocking. Then, bring your beautifully filled stockings to the Christmas Bureau before the distribution dates so that volunteers can be sure to give a stocking to every child that receives assistance from the Christmas Bureau.
If you are interested in filling stockings, please call the Christmas Bureau at 704-247-7996.

Make A Gift Donation (See Wish List Below)

With the generous support of the community, the Union County Christmas Bureau is able to provide Christmas presents to about 3,000 children each year. These children range in ages from newborn to those still attending high school. Without your generosity, they would have nothing to look forward to on Christmas morning.

The Central Carolinas Det. 914 Marine Corps League sponsors the annual Toys for Tots drive in Union County. All of the toys collected at the barrels throughout the county are brought to the Christmas Bureau for distribution.

Additional donations of new toys are needed from the community to help provide at least 2 toys to every child that comes to the Christmas Bureau for assistance. Drop off your gift donations starting in mid-November at the Union County Christmas Bureau 2115 W. Roosevelt Blvd, Suite 200, Monroe, NC 28110 or call 704-247-7996 to arrange for pickup.

*Please note that we can no longer accept donations of used toys or clothing*

Sponsor A Food Drive

More than 2,000 families apply for Christmas assistance each year. Many of those are adopted by groups or businesses and receive food and gifts items directly from the donors. For the remaining families who do not get adopted, they will come to the Christmas Bureau to receive their gifts and a box of food for each family.

Through donations and food drives by local schools, businesses and organizations, the Union County Christmas Bureau was able to provide boxes of food for more than 300 families which had applied to receive Christmas assistance.

Make A Financial Donation

With the generous support of many in our community, the Union County Christmas Bureau makes Christmas a special time for many children and families in Union County. The tax deductible contributions received by HOPE for the Christmas Bureau of Union County are used to purchase gifts, gift certificates, and food for families to enjoy over the holiday season.

To the parents struggling to provide their children with a Merry Christmas, you’ve help lift part of the burden off their shoulders. For many of Union County’s less fortunate children, these donations let them experience the joy and warmth of the Christmas Season that every child deserves.

Your donation helps ensure that everyone can experience the warmth and joys of Christmas.   HOPE for the Christmas Bureau of Union County is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  To make a tax deductible contribution you can:

  • click this link
  • Or mail a check today

Our mailing address is


PO Box 79104

Charlotte, NC 28271

Wish List – Ideas For Gift Donations


  • Tablets
  • Adult art supplies
  • Adult backpacks
  • Electronic games and MP3 players
  • Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls
  • Board games
  • Skateboards
  • Bicycles
  • Jewelry
  • Hair accessories
  • Make-Up
  • Personal care items
  • Gift cards for clothing and sports apparel
  • Hoodies


  • Bicycles – all sizes
  • New Board Games
  • Electronic Games


  • New and gently used books for infants through teenage.


  • Hats & Gloves – girls and boys – all sizes
  • Shirts, Jeans, Skirts – all sizes