February 8, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 8, 2013


---- — Year-round giving

TO THE EDITOR: I wanted to write to thank fellow Plattsburgh-area residents who generously gave of their time and means to help impact thousands of hurting kids this Christmas.

Together, we were able to pack 6,885 shoe boxes — filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities — for Operation Christmas Child. Our gifts, joined by millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in 100 countries.

During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone —more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993.

I would like to thank the volunteers at our local collection sites and all those who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe-box gift. For many of the children, this shoe box will be the first gift they have ever received.

Although our local dropoff locations in the Plattsburgh-area are closed, gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse by mailing them to 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607.

There are also year-round volunteer opportunities available to serve with Operation Christmas Child. Find out how you can use your gifts and talents to make a difference in children’s lives around the world by visiting or by calling the Northeast regional office at 437-0690.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this project. A simple gift, packed with love, can communicate hope and transform the lives of children worldwide.


Northeast regional director

Operation Christmas Child


Free screenings

TO THE EDITOR: Access to care is an important issue in the overall health of individuals today.

Whether a person is insured or has financial stability to afford medical procedures or checkups can affect how they care for their bodies.

The Cancer Services Program of Clinton County provides free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings to women 40-plus years of age and men 50-plus years of age who do not have health insurance or are underinsured.

Screenings may include Pap and pelvic tests, clinical breast exams, mammograms and colorectal cancer screenings. 

The program is partnered with many providers in Clinton County, including all of the local OB/GYN offices. If screenings come back with abnormal results, diagnostic services are available through the program at no cost.

For more information or to see if you’re eligible, call 1-866-442-CANCER; this line is staffed 24/7, and you will be connected to an office near you. Remember, the key to treatment and prevention is early detection. The call could save your life.

On behalf of Main Streets Go Blue and National Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March, Cancer Services Program of Clinton County is holding the Winter Blues Walk. Join us March 23 at U.S. Oval, Plattsburgh. Registration will be at 10:30 and the walk will begin at 11 a.m.

The purpose is to educate and promote awareness for colorectal cancer, which according to the CDC, is the third leading cause of cancer death in the nation.

Pre-registration is encouraged; to pre-register call 565-4993 or visit The first 100 people to pre-register will receive a Winter Blues Walk T-shirt. The event is free, and people of all ages are welcome.


AmeriCorps volunteer

CSP Main Streets Go Blue Committee member