The Macedon Community Christmas Program provided food, gifts and gift cards for its 34th year to 146 families in December 2017.
The annual program assists individuals and families in need in the Macedon area during the holiday season.
Organizations from churches, civic groups, businesses, Girl Scouts, Palmyra-Macedon and Gananda schools as well as families and other individuals donate and volunteer to contribute to make this a community effort.
Besides food boxes with holiday meals, there were gifts for approximately 190 children and over 50 senior citizens. In all, almost 450 individuals received assistance.
A lot of effort goes into organizing items for 146 families. There is a flurry of activity the week before to make sure everything is ready for pickup. The basement at St. Patrick’s Church in Macedon is a busy place as volunteers from the community, including students from Pal-Mac and Gananda, help carry out the food boxes. Volunteers also deliver items to individuals who are unable to drive.
The Macedon Community Christmas Program Committee said it appreciates everything volunteers do to make sure many in the community have a holiday meal that otherwise might do without.
The program is part of Macedon Food Pantry, which is spearheaded by the Social Ministry Committee of St. Katharine Drexel Parish. The pantry receives financial support from local churches, organizations and individual contributions. It receives food from a number of yearly drives — most notably by Pal-Mac and Gananda schools, Macedon Post Office and Boy Scouts — and individual contributions of food. Macedon Food Pantry is a member of Foodlink.
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