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Arctic League Gift Packing Begins

Written By: Tanja Rekhi
Arctic League Gift Packing Begins

ELMIRA (WENY) -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Elmira at the Arctic League.
     Dozens of volunteers use these next twelve nights to pack up gifts for children in need in Chemung County. Volunteers from the Elmira Kiwanis Club, Head Start, and the Glove House kicked off the packing.
     Brothers Devin and Mason Brill have volunteered for the past three years.
     "It just feels good knowing you're doing something for the community," Devin Brill.
     Their mom, who works at Head Start convinced them to help out and it's something the family has come to look forward to year after year.
     "It's a good cause knowing that you're giving to people in need and not just to a random person I guess," said Mason Brill.
     Every night it's a different group of volunteers. Tonight, volunteers packed up gifts for 125 families. The last packing night is the 21st.
     "We really want to make sure every single child in Chemung County has a Merry Christmas. That is our goal and that is what we are here for and we love what we do," said Bernadette Drew, Arctic League, Director.
     There's always a need for volunteers to help drop these gifts off. Lines for volunteers begin forming late Christmas Eve, doors open at the Arctic League open between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. on Christmas day. The goal is to have all the gifts delivered before kids wake up on Christmas Day.