ONEONTA – Tony and Vinne Avanzato were not going to let COVID get in the way of spreading Christmas joy to 30 elementary school children in need of winter coats, boots and toys.
“I am not going to take Christmas away from the children,” said Tony. “Especially this year!”
The Avanzatos began the “Children’s Christmas Shopping Fund” in 1999, with Sister Angeline of St. Mary’s School. With the generous donations of many local businesses and friends annually, approximately 30 school children are selected from the three elementary schools: Valleyview, Greater Plains and Riverside.