Christmas Project provides benefits for many families in local community

Margaretville — The Community Christmas Project, which serves families and individuals in the Margaretville area, is again asking for support in helping your friends and neighbors this holiday season. The project, founded by area women nearly 50 years ago, served 144 families last year (257 adults and 214 children).
Food boxes which include fixings for a holiday meal, fresh bread and fruit and homemade cookies were given to families. Children received toys, mittens and small gift certificates redeemable at area businesses like Giovanni’s, Donatello’s, Now and Then Video and the Foothills Shoe Store. Other gift certificates and homemade breads were given to the elderly living on their own or to those recently bereaved. This year the group is seeking the names and addresses of area servicemen and women who might enjoy handmade cards and locally-made maple candies. Those addresses can be e-mailed to or sent to P.O. Box 58, Margaretville, NY 12455.
Donations of homemade cookies (call Peg Sweeney at 586-4942) or breads (Barb Kapitko at 586-4148 for details) should be dropped off at the Purcell Center on December 16. New, unwrapped toys may be left in donation boxes at the Arkville or Margaretville post offices, Margaretville Central School, NBT or Wilber banks or Miller’s Drugs by December 11. Monetary donations may be sent to PO Box 58, Margaretville, NY 12455. Delivery of the boxes will take place this year on December 19.
There will also be a fundraising auction to benefit the Project on December 6 from 4-9 p.m. with dinner and dancing to Wendy Nief and Friends at LaCabana Restaurant in Fleischmanns.