HANNIBAL -As the holiday season approaches, members of the Hannibal Central School District community are once again rallying their efforts for those in need.
The giving spirit kicked off recently with the annual Christmas Bureau Carnival at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School.
Students, staff, business owners and community members volunteered their time and donated goods and services.
Dozens of baskets, some valued at more than $500, were raffled as prizes.
In addition to the basket raffles, there were games, a bounce house, food and face painting.
Toys and nonperishable food were also collected for distribution.
“We try to help as many people as we can,” said Hannibal High School teacher Dom Pike. “Last year we helped 176 families.”
Pike noted that the carnival is the primary fundraiser for the Christmas Bureau.
Money raised through the raffles and games are used to purchase toys, clothing and gifts for HCSD families facing hardships.
Once everything has been purchased, students and faculty help pack boxes with food and toys to distribute to families on Dec. 21.
“It’s great to see this kind of community support every year,” Pike said, noting that the volunteerism and holiday spirit are alive and well in Hannibal.