Reprinted from November 2014 ECS Newsletter.

Project Christmas started back in the early 1960s, and through the combined efforts of Ellicottville Central School employees and community members, it continues to provide an “extra touch” at Christmas time for many of our local families.

This “partnership” between the school and community will provide food, gifts, necessities and support to more than 50 families and 65 senior citizens who live in our community. The program spends between $5,000 to $6,000 annually, and appreciates the generous support residents and seasonal visitors provide by taking “gift tags” from one of the gift trees located at Ellicottville Pharmacy, M & T Bank, Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and Five Star Bank.

Students in grades K-12 also get involved by bringing in non-perishable food items, with 12th graders also involved in the deliveries. With the difficult economic troubles we are facing and many families struggling to get by, the need for help throughout our community is even greater.

Project Christmas is once again accepting donations. If you are able to contribute, please consider making a donation. Your support will directly help those in need in our own community.

Monetary donations can be made out to “Project Christmas” and mailed to Ellicottville Central School, Attn: Kim Watt, School Nurse, 5873 Route 219, Ellicottville, NY 14731. If you have any questions regarding the program, please call Kim Watt at (716) 699-2318.

Your generous support in the past has helped to keep this program alive. Please help make the Christmas season more special for members of our community. Thank you!