Thanksgiving and Christmas are special times at the Rescue Mission.
You can help us put love into action this holiday season for the men, women and children in need in the communities we serve. Below is a list of items and ways you can help to make the holidays brighter in our Syracuse, Auburn and Binghamton programs. 

***View bottom of this page for a Holiday Donation Map***

Two Ways to Spread Hope!

Make a Gift

Help us reach our goal of giving 2,000 presents to children and families in our community. Use the attached form, go online or call.

Donate Items

Just think of the joy you can unwrap on Christmas morning! We are in need of gifts, stocking stuffers,  clothing, gift cards and food items. You can even sponsor an entire family!

Where to Bring Donations

Monday through Friday 9 am – 4:30 pm, starting November 2nd


55 Merriman Street Ext., Auburn, NY 13021
Call Holiday Phone Line for a drop-off day/time


56-58 Whitney Ave., Binghamton, NY  13901

Call Holiday Phone Line for a drop-off day/time


155 Gifford Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

PLEASE NOTE Syracuse Entrance Change! Park in the Seymour Street lot

Holiday Phone Line: 315-701-3898

Please deliver all donations by December 11th to allow for distribution time!

Volunteers Bring the Holiday Spirit

Dear Friends of the Rescue Mission,

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again!  October has arrived and the holidays are right around the corner.  Our volunteers make this season so special by bringing the spirit of generosity to those who are hungry and homeless in our community.

Although 2020 has brought many challenges as we’ve faced the COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to bring the warmth and joy of the holidays to the people we serve this holiday season. We expect some changes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas as we continue working to keep our clients, staff and volunteers safe through social distancing, mask wearing and following health department protocols. We will have fewer volunteers on campus, and we will be unable to hold some of our traditional events including the Cookie Bake. 

While we won’t be able to have as many volunteers join us on campus this year, we hope that you will help us provide holiday joy in other ways. Whether you shop for an individual or family who might otherwise not receive any holiday gifts, donate a turkey or ham, or if you’d like to provide winter gear for those in our programs, we appreciate your support even though we can’t be together this holiday season.

Thank you for putting your love into action during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Please call our holiday phone line at
315-701-3898 for more information on giving a gift. We’ve also enclosed a list of the special holiday needs we have in your area (see reverse side).

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions and concerns!  Thank you for all you do to support the Rescue Mission. We cannot wait to see you all again. 


Dan Sieburg, Rescue Mission Alliance CEO

General Item Suggestions

These items are needed for Syracuse, Auburn, and Binghamton. Wrapping paper, bows, tissue paper, tape and gift bags are gladly accepted.

Batteries (AA or AAA)

Combs and brushes



Hand or body lotion   

Lip balm

Nail clipper sets


Shaving cream

Soap (bar), body wash

Toothbrush and holder


Items needed only for Syracuse and Auburn: 

Coloring books, crayons/markers, diapers, feminine hygiene
items, headbands/hair ties

Handmade décor
Including meal delivery bags, placemats, holiday decorations.   

Hooded front zip sweatshirts, socks, underwear, undershirts, flannel lounge pants, slippers. All size ranges. New items only.

Winter apparel
New hats, gloves and scarves for men, women and children.


Canned goods (prefer #10 size), turkeys and hams,
pies (store-bought only), coffee.

Bus passes
Provide the gift of public transportation in your region.

Sponsor Christmas for an individual  
Gifts for our residents and clients range from $20 to $25. A list of possible gift items will be provided to you. (See “I’d like to SHOP for gifts” box on other side.)

Sponsor Christmas for a family 

Give a less fortunate family an opportunity to celebrate the traditions of Christmas. A list of possible gift items will be provided to you. (See “I’d like to SHOP for gifts” box on other side.)