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November 4, 2010

Christmas Bureau taking applications

PLATTSBURGH — The Christmas Bureau has started this year's application process for local low-income families.

The Christmas Bureau is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to provide Christmas for low-income families throughout Clinton County.

To be eligible for help from the Christmas Bureau, you must have children in the household 16 or under, must live in Clinton County and must meet income guidelines based on the size of the family.

Applicants must bring to the appointment photo ID, proof of income for all people in the household, plus Social Security proof for all. In cases where applicable, applicants must bring custody papers verifying who the children will be with on Christmas Day.

To apply, people who live in the towns of Altona, AuSable, Black Brook, Champlain, Chazy, Clinton, Dannemora, Ellenburg, Peru, Saranac and the Town of Plattsburgh can go now to the JCEO Outreach Center in their town.

People living in the towns of Beekmantown, Mooers and Schuyler Falls should call their Town Offices.

In the City of Plattsburgh, applications will be taken at 55 McGaulley Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during the week of Nov. 8, as well as Nov. 15, 16 and 17. No appointment is necessary.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 9. People are encouraged to start this process as soon as possible.

Each year, it is necessary for the Christmas Bureau to raise as much money as possible and to gather gifts, clothes and other items for about 1,100 families.

Donations can be sent to: The Christmas Bureau, P.O. Box 1253, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.

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