Children’s Christmas Express, a Schroon Lake holiday charity, is asking for public support. The program, which provides holiday gifts to children in need, is experiencing a shortage as Christmas nears.
Children’s Christmas Express, a Schroon Lake holiday charity, is asking for public support.
The program, which provides holiday gifts to children in need, is experiencing a shortage as Christmas nears.
“The elves at Christmas Express are extremely concerned about how they will fulfill all those Christmas wishes this year, the wishes that create holiday memories and magic,” said Patti Mehm of the Christmas Express. “There have been policy changes at some supporters, which has resulted in some delays and limitations on resources this year.”
Complicating the situation is an increase in the number of families seeking help this holiday season,
“The continued economic situation has had a huge impact on the number of families seeking assistance, with the most numbers of families seeking assistance,” Mehm said.
“The wishes are so simple, like warm boots, warm pjs, a baby doll, or a movie on DVD,” she said. “They touch my heart and help put the season into perspective for me. For numerous years toys, winter clothing and other items have been gathered from within the community for approximately 50 local children, ranging from infants to 13 years old, and then those special items are delivered to each household.”
People who wish to help the Children’s Christmas Express have several opportunities to assist.
“Wish Trees” have been erected at Tops Market and The Towne Store in Schroon Lake. Each tree contains a Christmas wish from a local child. Each wish includes information such as gender, age and clothing size. People can take a wish, purchase a gift and return it for distribution.
“The names and wishes are collected from Schroon Lake Central School and the children have asked for specific items that they are hoping to receive this year,” Mehm said. “After taking a wish each unwrapped gift should be dropped back off as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, Dec. 18. We also take donations of wrapping paper, tape, etc.”
People can also support the Children’s Christmas Express by buying tickets to the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce basket raffle during the community’s Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Proceeds from the raffle will assist the holiday gift program.
“Please come out and support the chamber of commerce basket raffle,” said Tammy Leinhart, Christmas Express coordinator. “The chamber makes a huge impact on the ability of Children Express to fulfill all the Christmas wishes. As the Dec. 18 deadline approaches, Patti Mehm goes and collects all the remaining wishes still left on the trees and purchases every item, insuring every wish is fulfilled. Plus you may win one of the wonderful items or baskets at the raffle, which is a win, win.”
A bake sale at the Underground Food & Craft Bazaar during the Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration will also raise money for the gift program. The bake sale will be 3:30 to 8 p.m. in the town hall.
Leinhart said the Children’s Christmas Express also accepts cash donations. Donations can be made at local businesses or can be mailed to Christmas Express, 276 Alder Meadow Road, Schroon Lake 12870.
For more information contact Leinhart at 532-9643.