The Huron County Christmas Bureau has deep roots in our community, having supported local families since 1967. This year represents a significant change, as responsibility for overseeing the program has transferred from Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society to Rural Response for Healthy Children.
Over the years, the Christmas Bureau has grown and changed to meet the evolving needs of families. In 2021, about 450 families, including over 1000 children, received gift cards for local grocery stores and toy retailers to ensure every family had food on the table and gifts under the tree. As housing, food, and living expenses continue to rise, the number of families in our area experiencing financial hardship may continue to grow.
The Huron County Christmas Bureau is funded by donations from the community. For over 55 years, churches, schools, community organizations, businesses, and caring individuals have worked together to ensure every child in our community experiences the wonder of Christmas. Please join us in continuing this very special Huron County tradition.
Rural Response for Healthy Children wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society for its ongoing partnership and support of this important program, and to the many volunteers and bureau sites that are committed to continuing this work.
All donations of $20 or more are issued charitable tax receipts. This program is funded by donations from the community and supported by the work of volunteers.
Credit card donations can be made online or by calling 1 (226) 699-0707 ext. 102.
Individual bureaus will be open November 27 to December 1, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to accept cash and cheque donations.
Cheques made out to Rural Response for Healthy Children can be mailed to:
Rural Response for Healthy Children
PO Box 687
To register for Christmas Bureau support, please call Christmas Central at 1 (888) 705-1579. Phone lines will be open from November 13 to December 1, 2023, Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If the phone line is busy, please call back! Christmas Central is a busy place, but volunteers cannot return your call. Eligible parents and caregivers will be scheduled a private appointment at their nearest local bureau.
In order to be eligibile for Huron County Christmas Bureau support, parents/caregivers must have custody of their child(ren) and must reside in Huron County. Children aged 0-18 may be eligible to participate.
Bureaus will be open to receive distribution appointments December 4 to December 8, 2023. Appointments can only be made via Christmas Central. Bureaus are unable to provide support to families who are not pre-registered.
SEAFORTH: Bethel Bible Church - 126 Main St S
GODERICH: St. Peter's Catholic Church - 156 North St
CLINTON: Clinton Christian Reformed Church - 243 Princess St E
EXETER: Exeter Christian Reformed Church - 332 Huron St W
WINGHAM: Wingham United Church - 217 Minnie St