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Hannibal Christmas Bureau Spreads Holiday Cheer

HANNIBAL, NY – The Hannibal Christmas Bureau ensured that more than 130 local families will have a merry Christmas.

Maria Crabtree helps load boxes.
Maria Crabtree helps load boxes.

“We had a carnival the week after Thanksgiving to raise money. There were a lot of community donations – private and businesses,” explained Dominick Pike as Richelle Whittlesey and Sarah Park helped him load boxes of toys and food into his truck. “We were kind of worried about how many toys we had … but Toys for Tots came through for us with a nice delivery. All three community churches also participated in the project.”

When the truck was full, Pike headed out to deliver the holiday cheer.

As he left, more vehicles pulled into the District Office parking lot on the side of the high school.

Volunteers were loading boxes from the board room and deliveries were made from 9 a.m. until around noon on Tuesday.

Sarah Park helps Dominick Pike load boxes of toys and food for delivery.
Sarah Park helps Dominick Pike load boxes of toys and food for delivery.

“We have boxes for 135 families this year. Last year was 141. We’re down a little bit, which is a good thing,” Pike noted.

Also on Dec. 22, Major Anthony Figiera was at Hannibal High School to speak with students.

He is a 1993 graduate of Hannibal and a 1997 graduate of Syracuse University.

He is a major in the Air Force and currently an exchange student with the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

He shared his post-Hannibal experiences with students.