With Christmas fast approaching, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Youth Organization has been preparing for its Christmas Basket Project. Each year, the youth group provides food and gifts to up to 180 needy families from the area. The CYO relies on the generous contributions of the community to support this tremendous endeavor. Approximately $10,000 needs to be raised to fund the project.
Over the last few weeks, the CYO has been collecting money, gifts and food. Food items include non-perishables, as well as hams and turkeys. At this time, monetary, food and gift donations are still being accepted and are greatly needed in order to successfully complete the Christmas Basket Project and provide for more than 650 children and adults.
The baskets will be put together and distributed this weekend at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, 336 Washington Ave. in Dunkirk. On Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m., food and gifts will be sorted. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, gifts will be purchased and wrapped and the baskets will be put together. At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, the baskets will be finished and distributed.
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton CYO extends thanks to everyone for their generosity in making the Christmas Basket Project a success. If interested in making a donation or helping with this most rewarding service project, contact Carol Smith, project coordinator, at 366-5908.