Every holiday season, there’s a huge outpouring of community spirit and benevolence around the North Country.

And every year the Press-Republican salutes these hard-working volunteers by publishing submissions of Holiday Helpers writeups describing their efforts. 

We know there are many others, but here are the ones that were submitted:

Seniors from Lakeview Towers and Russell Barnard Apartments in Plattsburgh who are enrolled in the Nutrition Program of Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County visited Clinton County Nursing Home. Santa's three special reindeer, Santa himself, nine totes of presents and 17 elves presented the Clinton County Nursing Home with Christmas gifts.

Planned by Site Director Shelley Parker, Santa and his Golden Elves spent the afternoon handing out gifts that included lap robes and slippers, T-shirts, gloves, hats, puzzles, games, coloring books, crayons, non-allergenic soaps and lotions, shampoos, brushes, combs, pajamas, cards, drawing books, lip balm, pencils, pens, markers, books, notepads, tissue, socks, stuffed animals and more.

Santa helped the elves pass out gifts to every resident in the visiting room, and they rejoiced in singing their favorite Christmas carols and were rewarded with festive holiday cookies and drinks by the nursing home staff.

It was a "Senior helping Senior" event. This was the second time that Santa's Golden Elves presented gifts to local deserving recipients They also distributed crocheted scarves to the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center. In 2017, they distributed seven totes of gifts to three local city schools.

The sixth-grade class from Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School made a surprise visit to Essex Center, singing Christmas carols to residents.

The eighth grade delivered handmade Christmas cards, and the 11th-grade class delivered brought baked goods for the residents.

“What a beautiful occasion,” Essex Center’s Director of Recreation Candy Goff said in a press release. “The kids were unbelievable, the residents loved it!”

And then, Essex Center did a Christmas card exchange with ELCS's elementary grades.

New York State Correction Officers and Police Benevolent Association members from Clinton Correctional Facility donated 75 bicycles to the Clinton County Christmas Bureau to give to low-income families in Clinton County.

The bikes, which cost $3,000, were purchased from Taylor Rental in Plattsburgh, which sold the bicycles at cost to the officers.

In addition, members from the Clinton Correctional Corrections Emergency Response Team raised money throughout the year to purchase 75 bike helmets to accompany each bike as a gift. The helmets were purchased through Maui North in Plattsburgh.

“The Christmas Bureau serves 800 families in Clinton County, and we rely on organizations like NYSCOPBA to help provide a joyous holiday season," said Clinton County Christmas Bureau Director Tammy Perrotte in a press release.

NG Advantage LLC, which is majority-owned by Clean Energy Fuels, delivered nonperishable food items and gifts to local community groups, including the Ticonderoga Food Pantry.

Oubackriders ATV Club members donated $385 to American Legion Post 1619 in West Plattsburgh to help with the kids Christmas party, and the club itself donated that same amount to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta for summer camp which serves children who have cancer.

The Northeastern Zone of the New York State Retired Teachers Association brought Christmas gifts to their annual holiday luncheon for children served by the Clinton County Christmas Bureau.

The Local Mission Council of the First Presbyterian Church of Plattsburgh, in cooperation with the Clinton County Department of Social Services, provided Christmas presents for seven local children. Ornaments were selected from the Fellowship Hall Christmas tree; each one contained a special personal gift request. 

Showing faith in action again in 2017, Peru Community Church’s members, friends and its Mission Committee and Ladies Guild shared their bounty and love with the community.

They provided 30 food baskets and 35 turkeys to the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity of Clinton County for distribution to families for Thanksgiving. At Christmastime, three area multigenerational families — including nearly 20 children — were presented with wrapped gifts, as well as gas and grocery cards.

The church continues to support the growing Backpack Program at Peru Central School and many other missions and community needs throughout the year.

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