Again I am asking for your help in filling boxes and bags at Tops Market with many needed items. The Holiday Ski Patrol is again collecting non-perishables food items such as canned food products, pastas, bottled drinks, food products in sealed bags (not frozen).  We also need paper products, toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, napkins, and cleaning supplies. And finally toiletries such as tooth paste, tooth brushes, hand and face soap. As you can see, that with your help, we can fill many boxes and bags so that the food bank can provide your donated items to many needy families. Also, please come and meet Daniel Buchanan who is now “the man” in charge of this year’s food drive. Ski Patroller, Daniel Buchanan is a teacher in Buffalo and has been on the Holiday Valley Ski Patrol for a number of years.

Now we also want to remind you that we are giving out great Mardi Gras beads for your donations. And we all know that coming to a Mardi Gras weekend without beads, well, it just should not happen. Yes, we will also accept cash donations, as those in need often need assistance with heating bills and other services that require payment when received. So please, “dig a little deeper” so that your gift will help those in need.

Remember, there is the Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday just after 6:30 pm in downtown Ellicottville. The Ski Patrollers in their red jackets with white crosses will be on both sides of the parade route asking for any final donations and yes a string of beads will be given for your donation. If you are unable to see us at Tops or during the parade then you can take your donations to our partner, Liz Boeberg at the AmeriCan, (the old Red Door) here in town any time, and Liz will see that your donations reaches the food bank. As ski patrollers we have a saying that is “a passion for skiing and compassion for people.” Please show your compassion and give the Ski Patroller a donation as they walk each side of the parade route.

For further information you can contact Daniel Buchanan at 716-249-1169 or