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Community Notebook: Palo Alto nonprofit expands 61-year tradition

Original post made on Nov 28, 2016

A holiday tradition started by Palo Alto residents for Palo Alto residents that has been making the season brighter for those in need for more than 60 years could reach record proportions this year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 26, 2016, 7:55 AM

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Posted by Think Outside The Box
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Nov 28, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Unfortunately, lots of people who are in need go unnoticed, because they are not connected to the school district or a non-profit who must recommend the person in need for a Christmas Bureau donation. While a great gesture on part of the Christmas Bureau organization, perhaps, they should encourage requests from individuals or neighbors who know of people in the community who need financial assistance over the holidays. The Christmas Bureau can create an-online form to get requests outside of their traditional ways via non-profit agencies or the PAUSD. There are many suffering economically in this community, and there is no way for them to be included in the Christmas Bureau data base under their current methods.

Posted by MH
a resident of Ventura
on Nov 28, 2016 at 10:21 pm

I once received an unexpected check from the Christmas Bureau in 2010. My daughter had started at Terman Middle School and I asked to pay for the science camp in 3 installments. I was undergoing cancer treatment and had high health insurance deductible so just didn't have cash upfront. Not only was the science camp subsidized but then a few months later I got the check from the Christmas Bureau. It was such a wonderfully kind and thoughtful gesture at a time that was so difficult for my daughter and I. To this day I am still terribly grateful!

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