The Macedon Community Christmas program is a volunteer-run collaboration that provides food and gifts to Macedon and Walworth families in need.
The program depends on donations and volunteers from the community. Committee members meet in September to start planning and coordinating.
Churches, civic groups, businesses, Girl Scouts, Palmyra-Macedon and Gananda schools, families, and other individuals donate and volunteer, making this a community effort. Along with food boxes with holiday meals, there were gifts for approximately 175 children and 60 senior citizens this year. In all, 425 individuals received assistance.
A lot of effort goes into organizing items for 147 families. There is a flurry of activity the week before to make sure everything is ready. The basement at St. Patrick’s Church in Macedon serves as a meeting place for volunteers and students to put together the food boxes and deliver the items to those in need.
In addition to new gifts for children, there are gently used clothes and coats for families.
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 individuals, and receives food from donations and yearly drives through area schools, the Macedon Post Office and Boy Scouts.
The pantry is open from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays-Saturdays. Email macedoncommunitychristmas@yahoo.com for information.