Holiday Assistance
Oct. 21 2019

Holiday Assistance

Holiday Assistance

Most of us look forward to the holiday season – a time of gift-giving, delicious family meals and warm memories. However, for some residents of our community, the holidays are a stressful time, with money concerns often looming over the brightness of the season.

Together as a community we believe everyone has the right to celebrate. That’s why we provide holiday assistance to those in need, offering a glimmer of hope through difficult economic times.

Operation Sunshine can help provide toys, hats/gloves, and a holiday meal for your family.  If you or someone you know is in need of assistance this holiday season, here is all the information you need:

Sign up online until November 30th


Holiday Assistance Client Guidelines

  • Families must have children living in their residence 13 years and younger.
  • Families must reside in Oneida or Herkimer County


Operation Sunshine is a nonprofit corporation of the Observer Dispatch partnering with the following local agencies:

  • The Neighborhood Center, Inc.
  • Catholic Charities of Herkimer
  • Catholic Charities of Oneida and Madison Counties
  • Salvations Army of Rome
  • Salvation Army of Utica
  • Utica Rescue Mission


Supporters of Operation Sunshine include

  • Toys for Tots – U.S. Marine Corp.
  • Mack Utica
  • Keeler in the Morning – WBIX 950am
  • New York Sash Teddy Bear Toss
  • Spectrum
  • WUTR abc/WFXV 33


Not in need this year and want to help us make a difference? Here are some ideas!

  • ‘Adopt’ a Family – each donor will be provided with a wish list from a local family including specific sizes and gift ideas.
  • Host a toy drive! Looking to help during the holidays but you’re not sure you want to participate in our ‘adopt’ a family program? This is the perfect option.
  • Volunteer your time during one of our community shopping days.


If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:

Jennifer Waite
Director of Group Work


By Jennifer Waite, Director of Group Work