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December 31, 2013

Holiday helpers made the season merry

Editor’s note: Every year, the Press-Republican asks local organizations and businesses to let us know about community-service work they did or donations made during the holidays. Our goal is to let everyone know about the generosity in our region.

While we know there were many others who pitched in, here is what was submitted for 2013:

The Local Mission Council of the First Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh in conjunction with the Clinton County Department of Social Services provided Christmas gifts for seven local children. Congregation members, either as individuals, families or friends of the church, selected ornaments, each containing a special personal gift request, from the Fellowship Hall Christmas tree. 

“In the spirit of caring about and sharing with our neighbors, these gifts helped make these local children’s Christmas wishes come true,” a press release said.

Northeastern Zone of the New York State Retired Teachers Association members brought Christmas gifts to their annual holiday luncheon to give to the Clinton County Christmas Bureau. More than 50 presents helped to make a brighter Christmas for some local families.

American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh put together 80 Christmas food baskets for the less fortunate, with $1,600 donated by the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. That reduced the cost to Post 1619 to $2,000, so the gift was much appreciated. As well, two union representatives help assemble the baskets before they were delivered.

Donna Trombley of Plattsburgh made 488 afghans over the course of the year, donating 122 each to Meadowbrook Healthcare, the Samuel Vilas Home, Evergreen Valley Nursing Home and the Clinton County Nursing Home, all in Plattsburgh.

She topped her 2012 effort, which produced almost 300 — one for every resident of three nursing homes. Trombley’s goal is that not one person residing in a nursing home goes without a Christmas gift so they know they are still loved and remembered.

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