Irish Christmas Set for Dec. 5

By Alicia Dziak

‘Tis the season for spreading good cheer and giving to those who are less fortunate. There are so many ways to give, and Ellicottville’s own Bob McCarthy certainly does his share to help make the season brighter for many.

On Thursday, Nov. 20, he’ll once again be parked with his tractor outside of the Gin Mill, collecting food for the Ellicottville Food Pantry, starting around 9 a.m.

This will mark the sixth year that McCarthy’s John Deere tractor and trailer will be parked outside the Gin Mill to collect donations of food for the local pantry. McCarthy will entertain passersby with Irish music and stories, all while happily accepting monetary and food donations for the food pantry.

“I’ll stay there until about 6 and then drive all the food over (to the food pantry),” McCarthy said of the food collection.

Although he isn’t quite sure how much food has been collected in previous years, he says that it’s a lot.

The Ellicottville Food Pantry is always in need of food and monetary contributions to continue to serve those in the area who cannot afford to buy enough food for their families.

“I’ll take whatever people want to drop off, whether it’s food or paper products or cleaning supplies,” said McCarthy.

The hope is that the timing of the collection will help families during the upcoming holidays. Consider dropping off an item or several — your efforts will be greatly appreciated and you can enjoy McCarthy’s company in the process!

The Ellicottville Food Pantry serves Otto, East Otto, Great Valley, Ellicottville and West Valley and accepts donations all year. To find out the best time to drop off donations, call (716) 699-4003. You can also send a check made out to Ellicottville Public Charities and send it to P.O. Box 1387, Ellicottville, NY 14731-1387.

In addition, McCarthy will help spearhead the annual Irish Christmas celebration on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Gin Mill. The 10th annual event, hosted by the Ellicottville Rotary Club, will feature a live auction with many Irish-themed items, lively music and lots of laughter. The evening will benefit Santa’s Workshop and Family Support for Ellicottville (an affiliate of the Rotary Foundation for Youth).

“This event gets bigger each year,” said McCarthy.

Stay tuned to the Ellicottville Times for more details as they become available.