HANNIBAL, NY – Teachers, staff and students at Hannibal High School recently volunteered an afternoon of their time after school to organize and pack toy and food donations boxes for local families in need.
Classrooms and hallways were filled with buzz at the high school as students sorted through canned foods, cereal boxes, Barbie dolls, board games and more.
Altogether, the school and community generously donated and packed 176 boxes for families in the local community.
Money and donations raised from the local annual Christmas Bureau in Hannibal go towards this effort every year.
In addition, Hannibal High School students held a carnival complete with games, snacks and a basket raffle donated by faculty and staff members with all funds going towards the Christmas Bureau.
The annual Christmas Bureau has been held annually for more than 50 years said Hannibal High School teacher and volunteer Dominick Pike, who started volunteering in 1982.
“This was an amazing year for student involvement,” said Pike. “At all three levels, the high school, middle school and elementary school were all greatly involved.”
In addition to the Christmas Bureau, these donation boxes were made possible through staff and student contributions as well as members of the local community.
At the high school, more than 1,600 canned foods were donated to the cause, and 1,400 items were collected at the middle school.
Fairley Elementary School hosted a hat and mitten drive and collected enough hats and mittens for every child receiving a donation box.
Pike said that Oswego County Toys for Tots and its coordinator Chris Jones were large contributors of toys toward the boxes, allowing other funds to go towards food.