The Yates Christmas Program had another successful year, continuing a more than three-decade-long effort to serve the at-need families of Yates County.

This year, YCP at the Penn Yan Armory served 719 children and 299 families, while the Penn Yan First Presbyterian Church site served 529 children, 233 families, and 473 adults.

YCP Director Donna Johnston says to all their donors, speaking for the entire Yates Christmas Program Team, “Our sincere thanks to each of you for all your support!”

Yates Christmas Program (formerly Christmas For The Needy) is run entirely by 220 volunteers, depending on donations from Yates County residents and friends. With no paid staff or administrative costs, all donations go directly to providing children and families with new clothes, personal care items, toys, books, family games, and food baskets.