Volunteers have been busy preparing for this week’s Yates Christmas Program since last year’s event, and the final touches are underway at press time.  

A few weeks ago, local volunteers traveled to Basking Ridge, N.J. to pick up the new and gently used toys, books, puzzles, stuffed animals, clothes, shoes and bedding for distribution through the Yates Christmas Program.  

A group of residents in New Jersey led by a former Penn Yan area resident, have been donating items for the program that serves families in the Penn Yan and Dundee School Districts for several years.

Distribution will be held Dec. 4 and 5 at the Army Reserve Center and the Penn Yan Presbyterian Church.