Yates Christmas Program

Contact Donna Johnston 315-536-2683  donna_johnston1@yahoo.com



Yes, there will be Christmas in 2020.  The Yates Christmas Program is creative and flexible in light of the pandemic’s limitation on safe assembling.  There will not be a distribution of clothing, toys, games, and blankets as in other years, but keeping the health and safety of families and volunteers in mind, a drive-through distribution of gift cards will be Santa’s solution.


The gift card distribution will be Wednesday, December 2, 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, and Thursday, December 3, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, at the Finger Lakes Produce Auction, 3691 Route 14A, Penn Yan.  Each driver must wear a mask, and place a note on their dashboard with their name and the number of children in the household.  Each child must be pre-registered.


All children who reside in Penn Yan or Dundee school districts are eligible, but must be registered.  If you attended the 2019 distribution, you are automatically registered.  Those new to the program may register by calling or texting Rachel at 315-481-9623.  If there are changes in your household, such as a new baby or a graduate, or if your address or phone number has changed, you also need to call or text Rachel (315-481-9623).  You may also report to her that someone else will be picking up for you.  The registration must be completed by October 30.


The Yates Christmas Program organizers will surely miss the volunteers and families this year, but look forward to returning to “normal” in 2021.  Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to help with this unplanned transition may send a check to Yates Christmas Program, PO Box 145, Penn Yan, NY 14527.  Check the YCP Facebook page for program detailsChristmas