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A spirit of Christmas in Le Roy Saturday

Dec 6, 2021

LE ROY — The spirit of Christmas was alive and well in Le Roy on Saturday.

The annual Le Roy Winterfest was held this weekend with storewide sales, raffles and free activities. Families walked up and down Main Street for the scavenger hunt.

Jason and Felicity Pickard, of Le Roy, who were out doing the scavenger hunt with their parents, Scot and Kate, excitedly showed their prizes: candy, churros and cookies.

“It’s pretty fun,” Jason said as he looked through his bag, pulling out some flyers he got at Le Roy Karate & Self Defense Center. “I would like to do it again next year.”

This was the family’s first time coming to the Le Roy Winterfest after Kate saw a flyer for it at Ladies First Fitness.

But the Winterfest really captured Le Roy’s spirit of giving. Stationed by the Le Roy Town Hall, Le Roy Police Officer Jim Pruzak was collecting donations for Stuff the Cruiser. He wasn’t the only one; the Le Roy Police Department, Le Roy Ambulance, Le Roy Fire Department, Genesee County Probation and Genesee County Department of Social Services were also at Save-A-Lot and Tops, where they were quickly collecting donations.

Starting at 9 a.m., by 11:30 a.m., they had already filled a patrol car, a Genesee County probation truck and a fire truck, requiring them to make a run to their dropoff site at the Le Roy Village Hall.

“I’m not surprised by the people donating, because Le Roy has always been a supportive community,” said Le Roy Police Officer Emmalee Stawicki. “I am surprised, however, by how quickly we filled up.”

This is the second year the Le Roy Police Department has done Stuff the Cruiser, but the first time it has done it in the village of Le Roy. Donations of new toys, non-perishable food items, gifts and closing items will be given to the Le Roy Food Pantry and the county Department of Social Services.

By Mallory Diefenbach, Batavia Daily News

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