Bank invites deposits of caring for Christmas

PHOTO PROVIDEDChamplain National Bank branches across the North Country are collecting gifts, food and winter clothing for families in need. A number of branches have gift trees like this one decorated with cards containing gift requests from a child. Visitors can choose a card, buy the gift on it and return the gift to the bank to be donated. 

PLATTSBURGH — Employees at Champlain National Bank are spearheading projects throughout Essex, Clinton, and Franklin counties to help make the holidays a little brighter for local families.

The Project We Care program partners with local agencies and anyone "adopting a child" throughout the region to provide toys, food and other items to people in need during the holidays.

"In Westport, Project We Care is working in partnership with the Westport Central School to provide gifts for children and families who another social service agency might not reach and who might not have much under their Christmas tree," a press release from the bank said.

Find a Christmas tree at that branch of the bank and choose a tag listing a local child's wishes. Deadline to bring in wrapped gifts, with the tag, is Friday, Dec. 14. Also welcome are nonperishable food and hygiene products for the families. Call 518-983-3316 for more information.

Drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Elizabethtown branch for ACAP’s Holidays Are For Sharing program, which provides parents with new toys to give to their children on Christmas Day. Especially needed are gifts, such as cologne sets and makeup kits, for middle and high school kids. Call 518-873-6347 for more information.

Donate nonperishable food for local food pantries in the box in the lobbies at the Willsboro and Crown Point branches. Call 518-963-4201 or 518-983-3322 to learn more.


Choose a tag with a child's Christmas wish from trees set up at the Plattsburgh branch, 500 Route 3, and the Champlain location, 736 Route 9. 

Champlain National in Plattsburgh is working with Adirondack Helping Hands in Cadyville to provide Christmas gifts for their students in need. Return the gift, wrapped and with the tag, by Thursday, Dec. 13. Call 518-561-6000 if you have any questions.

In Champlain, the bank is partnering with Mooers and Rouses Point elementary schools to make the holiday happen for at-risk children. For more information, call 518-983-3314.

Select tags at the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake branches and return unwrapped toys by Dec. 13; Families First will distribute those gifts. Call 518-523-7070 or 518-304-5200 to learn more.

And the Keene branch invites patrons to choose a tag from a tree detailing clothing items and sizes for children and seniors in need.

The deadline to bring in the gifts, wrapped or unwrapped, is Wednesday, Dec. 19. St. Brendan’s Catholic Church and the Keene Valley Neighborhood House will distribute them. Nonperishable food items are also accepted for the Keene Food Pantry. Call 518-576-9515 with any questions.

“We’re so proud of how our staff and the community come together during the holidays to provide to those who are less fortunate,” Vice President and Director of Marketing Jackie Hallock said. “As the local bank, we look for opportunities where we can make a difference in our own communities.

"It’s important to us that everything we collect goes to families and children in need in the North Country and Adirondacks, because we know the need is great right here.”

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