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Christmas event will be presented online this year in the form of a 20-minute video.

COURTESY PHOTO: COMMUNITY CANTATA CHOIR - Past performances of the Community Cantata Choir have been formed into a 20-minute video that will be shown at area churches this Christmas seaso

The music will continue, COVID-19 or no COVID-19.

Despite challenges presented by the pandemic, organizers of the annual Community Cantata Choir wished to continue "to bring the joy of music to the holiday season while also continuing its mission of feeding those who are hungry in Yamhill County," a recent release from the organization said.

To that end, the choir has produced a 20-minute compilation video capturing four songs from performances over the past four years, as well as hundreds of photos and a Zoom recording of the American Sign Language Choir.

The video, created in conjunction with the Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP), will debut with help from churches throughout the county.

"So far, three churches will either be presenting it during their worship services or distributing the video to their congregation through other means," said Laverne Pitts, YCAP development director, adding that additional churches will be added as they sign up to present the video.

More information on participating churches, as well as access to a shorter five-minute version of the video, is available at http://yamhillcap.org/cantata2020. The shortened version is also available on YCAP's Facebook page.

The organizations' purpose this year is the same as in years past:

"In addition to bringing peace and comfort during this difficult time, the video is meant to help raise funds for the YCAP Food Bank, which has been meeting unprecedented need in the community in 2020," Pitts said. "From January (through) October, YCAP distributed 2,180,890 pounds of food through partner pantries, meal sites and Harvest2Home locations, which is more than what was distributed in all of 2019."

YCAP will also gladly accept monetary donations at Yamhill County Food Bank, YCAP, PO Box 621, 1317 N.E. Dustin Court, McMinnville OR 97128.


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