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North Elba Christmas Fund needs your help

October 19, 2018
Editorial , Lake Placid News

It may only be October, but organizers of the North Elba Christmas Fund are already busy working to make sure some of the neediest families in town have a Christmas meal, toys under the tree and extra winter clothing for children.

Now, more than ever, they need your help.

Town employees Britt Isham and Shannon Porter, who have been working on the North Elba Christmas Fund for many years, say that monetary donations are continuing to decrease and there doesn't seem to be as many volunteers to help with the Christmas meals as in the past - especially people to deliver boxes of Christmas food to families.

They also said that the Lake Placid community always seems to deliver for its neighbors in need. We believe that wholeheartedly, and we are confident residents will again rise to the occasion and help give their fellow citizens a needed hand this holiday season.

One way to help is through monetary donations. That's what the North Elba Christmas Fund uses to buy the meal items, including turkeys and ingredients for side dishes. The food alone costs between $10,000 and $15,000 each year.

Another way to help is to find an elfing tree - either at the Palace Theatre or the Credit Union - and "adopt" a family to help by buying them whatever clothing or toys are on the wish list. Toys and clothing - for children 11 and under - are also welcome. Just contact Britt or Shannon for specifics. The toys and clothing are eventually handed out to families at the Town Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 13.

A final way to help is to volunteer putting the food boxes together at the town/village highway garage on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 15. Drivers are also needed, with another volunteer in the front passenger's seat to act as a navigator. Many hands make light work, Shannon Porter said. They get underway around 6 a.m. and will be done by around 11 a.m. Volunteer for as many hours as you can.

Maybe there are some Lake Placid High School students looking to rack up some community hours for their mandatory graduation requirement. This is a great way to get some community service hours.

Maybe there's a club, group or business that wants to get together for a Saturday morning and help out. Rally those troops! We'll be getting a crew together from the Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise to help out with the boxes of food. Come join us!

The North Elba Christmas Fund has been helping town families for more than 30 years. Last year alone, it gave toys and clothing to about 150 children, and they gave out about 185 food baskets.

Any way you can help, it's appreciated. Let's give our North Elba neighbors who are less fortunate a very Merry Christmas this year.

Also, the North Elba Christmas Fund organizers are always looking for other families who need some help this holiday season. Give them a heads up if you see someone who could use a little extra help.

To donate or volunteer - or if you know a family in need - call Britt Isham at 518-523-9518 or Shannon Porter at 518-523-9081.



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