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January 3, 2013

Holiday Helpers reach out

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.

Here is what was submitted for 2012:

The Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga donated $300 to the Tiny Tim Christmas Wish fund again this year. The Tiny Tim fund provides Christmas presents to needy children and families who otherwise might not have a merry holiday season. For 2012, Tiny Tim provided for 200 Ticonderoga-area children, a record number. The Tiny Tim fund has been in operation for 25 years. Managed by Helen Gibbs for many years, this charitable operation is now managed by Nancy Quesnel. Tiny Tim relies on support from community members and organizations to be able to complete its mission of helping children in need.

The Saranac Lake Holiday Helper Program is once again so grateful to the members of the Found Caravan Corvette Club. Organized annually by Joanne and “Beef” Bevilacqua, the program saw people travel from many states to ensure that more than 240 Saranac Lake children had toys, coloring books, crayons, hats and mittens for Christmas. They even took extra care in choosing gifts for a special-needs child, as well as providing her with a personalized “read aloud” book. “Our program would not be able to accommodate the number of children we do without the generous donation of the Found Caravan Corvette Club,” said Patti Ploof from the Holiday Helper Program.

The annual Kiwanis–Ticonderoga Central School holiday party for senior citizens took place on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The seniors were treated to a turkey dinner, entertainment by student musicians and — new in 2012 — a Secret Santa door prize of a crisp $100 bill. Santa Claus himself picked the winning ticket. Pine centerpieces and hand-drawn place mats were provided by elementary students, with the assistance of the Carillon Garden Club. Christmas cookies were also baked by the elementary students and provided to the seniors to take home for the holidays.

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