Great Valley Fire Dept donates to Project Christmas

Pictured are Kim Watt, ECS Project Christmas coordinator, receiving a check for $3,500 from Clarence Bickell, president of the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company. The Great Valley Fire Company has always supported Project Christmas.

Started in 1967, Project Christmas has been bringing Christmas to families and senior citizens in the Ellicottville Central School District who need a little extra help with clothing and food around the holidays. The effort is run entirely by volunteers.

Project Christmas has grown to include over 50 families and 65 senior citizens this year. ECS junior and senior students volunteer their time to distribute donations on Dec. 20 in time for Christmas.

Each year, a member of the Great Valley Fire Company brings the motion to the fire company members to vote to approve donations. This year’s donation was brought up to the membership for a vote at their monthly meeting in December, and the membership voted to donate $3,500 to Project Christmas.

The funds come from proceeds generated through the fire company’s major fundraiser, the Great Valley Regatta. The entire $3,500 will be put towards this year’s project.