If you’re in the Town of Union this holiday season, you may see several chimneys in stores along Hooper Road and as our Elyse Mickalonis explains, they're not being used by Santa, but for many families around the area, they do hold some pretty crucial gifts.
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- It’s the time of year when people come together to celebrate the holidays and do a little shopping.
“We have local venders, local businesses here for last minute gifts, stocking stuffers,” said Tom Cassin, Town of Union Recreation Public Works Deputy Commissioner.
The fun was all part of Christmas in the Park at Highland Park in the Town of Union. But not everyone was out browsing for gifts. The Hooper Road Small Business Association, Town of Union Parks and Recreation Department and students have come together once again to give families in need a much brighter holiday by collecting food in a creative way.
“We’ve put chimneys all around the town, local businesses along the Hooper Road corridor, up here as well, to try and get some food for families that do need it this time of the year,” said Cassin.
Organizers say don’t be fooled by the amount of food that’s in the chimney right now, they expect to get a lot of donations.
“We have about a dozen chimneys around the area,” said Dr. Dan Barnett, Hooper Road Small Business Association President. “Each of the chimneys holds a good 50 to 60 pounds of food, so collectively we usual get a couple vans full.”
Many say the need for food donations continues past the holidays and they hope others will remember that.
"We certainly want, not only on the holiday, but on every day, for everyone to be able to have something warm in their stomach, especially on these cold days coming up,” said Rose Sotak, Town of Union Supervisor.
A use for chimneys Santa Claus would be proud of.
Chimney’s are set up in many businesses along Hooper road and will collect food until December 22nd.
Participating businesses include:
- Pac and Mail
- Giordano Dental/Southern Tier TMJ & Sleep Therapy
- Barnett Chiropractic
- TOU Bldg and Recreation Center
- Southern Tier Dermatology
- Endwell Family Physicians
- Tioga State Bank
- Jim Rollo State Farm Insurance
- Edward Jones
- Barrett & Mahonski, CPAs
- M&T Bank
- Delta Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors Disaster Clean Up