The Union County Christmas Bureau is still seeking toy and food donations for its annual drive before the items are distributed to families in need next week.
The bureau needs non-perishable food items, such as green beans, corn and flour mix, to help fill about 800 boxes of food, said Gloria Haney, who coordinates the program. And the bureau still has to fill the wish list for about 600 children.
The biggest remaining needs are diapers for the youngest children, and gifts for children 11 and older, such as hair straighteners, nail polish, jewelry and scarves for girls, and for boys, sports equipment like soccer balls, games and hoodies.
All told, the bureau is coordinating aid for about 2,200 families.
The bureau is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1620 E. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, in the former Bi-Lo store. Items can be dropped off until Dec. 21, but Haney said the earlier the better as they will be distributed next Wednesday through Dec. 21.
For more details, call 704-296-4312.
The bureau is a collaborative effort of the Union County Department of Social Services, H.O.P.E. for the Christmas Bureau of Union County, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, the Council on Aging, Union County Goodfellows, the Union County Health Department and the Salvation Army.