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‘Tis the season to ring the bell

Staff reports
The Chronicle Express

Penn Yan — It’s bell-ringing season again! Yes, there will be Christmas in 2020, and neighbors and friends will be ringing bells at several locations around the community to encourage donations for the Yates Christmas Program from Nov. 20 to Dec. 24.

All cash donations support programs that make the holiday season brighter for Yates County Children.

Santa ringing bell

The Yates Christmas Program is creative and flexible in light of the pandemic’s limitation on safe assembling. There will not be a distribution of clothing, toys, games, and blankets as in other years, but keeping the health and safety of families and volunteers in mind, a drive-through distribution of gift cards will be Santa’s solution.

The gift card distribution will be 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 2, and 2–4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Finger Lakes Produce Auction, 3691 Route 14A, Penn Yan. Each driver must wear a mask, and place a note on their dashboard with their name and the number of children in the household. Each child must be pre-registered.

All children who reside in Penn Yan or Dundee school districts are eligible. If you attended the 2019 distribution, you are automatically registered. Those new to the program may register for a waitlist by calling or texting Rachel at 315-481-9623. 

The Yates Christmas Program organizers will surely miss the volunteers and families this year but look forward to returning to “normal” in 2021. 

 Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to help with this unplanned transition may send a check to Yates Christmas Program, P.O. Box 145, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Check the YCP Facebook page for program details.