Families in need were once again given boxes full of Christmas gifts Monday by volunteers with the Cayuga County Christmas Elf program.
Boxes stuffed with toys, food and gift cards were distributed at Currier Plastic’s garage in Auburn. This year’s most popular toys included Paw Patrol sets and L.O.L. Surprise! dolls. Supplies for arts and crafts were also given in large numbers.
About 690 boxes were distributed, and an estimated 1,200 children will receive gifts from the program.
In its 31st year, the Christmas Elf program, run by the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, relies on volunteers — many of whom are retired teachers. It also accepted donated gifts from community residents, some who buy gifts for children they read about in The Citizen, which runs a daily profile of Elf families from Thanksgiving through distribution day.
Families who apply for the assistance request gifts that their children may be interested in. Based on the provided preferences, volunteers then try their best to accommodate families’ wishes.
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