Sharing the spirit of giving in Penn Yan

Toys, books, clothing items, and games were being carried in and out of the Army Reserve Center Dec. 5 and 6 for the annual Yates Christmas Program where 709 children and 302 families were served by cheerful volunteers.

Overcoming a few logistical challenges early in the week, the team of individual volunteers and groups from several organizations, Penn Yan and Dundee Central Schools managed to convert the Reserve Center into a cheerful atmosphere where families selected items to make the Christmas holiday a little brighter for families all over Yates County.

Organizer Donna Johnston can’t contain her enthusiasm for the generosity of the community and various retailers and clothing companies. This year Bombas sock company donated enough pairs of socks so every child could have a new pair.

Each child also receives new underwear, a hat, gloves, a toy, stocking stuffers; a book, dental care items; a family game and a family quilt or blanket.

In addition to the new items distributed at the Army Reserve Center, several volunteers organized and distributed hundreds of donated gently used toys and clothing items at the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church. There 595 children and 249 families were served.

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