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Hannibal’s Christmas Bureau Carnival, Baskets Aim To Make Spirits Bright

HANNIBAL – Students, staff and members of the Hannibal Central School District community ushered in the holiday season during the annual Christmas Bureau Carnival held recently.

Retired teacher Dan Witmer, Principal Steve Dunn and incoming Hannibal Central School District Superintendent Christopher Staats sort through the boxes of toys that will be given to needy families this holiday season.
Retired teacher Dan Witmer, Principal Steve Dunn and incoming Hannibal Central School District Superintendent Christopher Staats sort through the boxes of toys that will be given to needy families this holiday season.

Dozens of volunteers were on hand to collect donations of food items and unused toys, which will be given to HCSD families in need.

Student volunteers were stationed in the Dennis M. Kenney Middle School cafeteria, where they did face painting, worked different carnival games, and handed out prizes.

The carnival serves as the major fundraiser for the Christmas Bureau.

Money generated through raffles and games are used to purchase toys to incorporate into the Christmas baskets.

The baskets are also filled with gifts and food donated during the carnival.

“Last year we were able to give away 175 boxes full of goodies, which was the most ever,” said Hannibal High School teacher Dom Pike. “We try to make sure that every kid 14 (years old) and younger receives two toys. We also pack as much food as we can to make sure the kids have enough to eat during the holiday break.”