The Holiday Valley Ski Patrol is again asking for visitors and residents of Ellicottville to help fill the boxes and bags at Tops Market for the Ellicottville food bank.

You might ask, fill box and bags with what?

Any non-perishable food items such as canned food products, pasta, bottled drinks and non-frozen food products in sealed bags are needed. Organizers also need paper products, toilet paper, paper towels, kleenex, napkins and cleaning supplies, toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and hand and face soap.

With those donations, the Ski Patrol can fill many boxes and bags for the food bank to provide to many needy families.

As thanks for your donations, the Ski Patrol is giving out great Mardi Gras beads for your donations. With Mardi Gras celebrations and the parade this weekend, you can’t do it without beads.

Cash donations will also be accepted as those in need often need assistance with heating bills and other services that require a cash payment. 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 there 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, here in town any time, and there wonderful staff 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 Bob Barbu at 440-668-3773 or