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Teens sing the spirit of Christmas

Bayside middle school teens' carolling tradition in Sidney helps food bank

Armed with Santa hats, jingle bells and a guitar, five teens from Bayside middle school took to the streets of Sidney last weekend.

The group of 13-year-old girls sang Christmas carols along Beacon Avenue to raise money for the Sidney Lions Food Bank, collecting $400 in a few hours.

“We just thought it was pretty important to do it this year because a lot of young people aren’t helping out,” said Mackenzie Clark, who has made the event a Christmas tradition for the past five years with her friend Erin Jackson.

Clark said she started the carolling after asking her mom what people with no home eat for Christmas and learning they often don’t get a Christmas dinner.