A holiday charity in Schroon Lake is struggling this year. The Children’s Christmas Express, which provides holiday gifts for needy children in Schroon and North Hudson, is facing increased demand and decreased contributions in 2012.
A holiday charity in Schroon Lake is struggling this year.
The Children’s Christmas Express, which provides holiday gifts for needy children in Schroon and North Hudson, is facing increased demand and decreased contributions in 2012.
“The elves at Christmas Express are very busy and extremely concerned about how they will fulfill all those Christmas wishes that create holiday memories and magic,” said Patti Mehm, who helps with the charity. “The current economic situation has had a huge impact on the number of families seeking assistance, with the most numbers of families seeking assistance, while at the same time, limiting those able to give this holiday season.”
The Children’s Christmas Express will serve about 50 children, from infants to age 13, this year, Mehm said.
“As in numerous years past, toys and other items are gathered from within the community,” Mehm said, “and then those special items are delivered to each household. The wishes are so simple, like warm boots, mittens or a baby doll. They touch my heart and help put the season into perspective for me.”
Mehm and Christmas Express participants are asking people to make gift donations and to support the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce basket raffle fund raiser.
“Collect your own ‘wish’ and directly purchase an item for a child,” Mehm said. “The Wish Tree is set up at Grand Union on Main Street. The children have asked for specific items that they are hoping to receive this year — which are listed, as well as the child’s gender, age, and size if applicable. After taking a ‘wish’ each unwrapped gift should be dropped back off as soon as possible, but no later than Saturday, Dec. 15.”
The charity is also accepting donations of wrapping paper, tape, ribbons and other decorating items.
Mehm also hopes people will support the chamber basket raffle held during the community’s Old Tyme Christmas celebration Saturday, Dec. 8.
“Please come out and support the chamber of commerce basket raffle on Saturday Dec. 8, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m,” she said. “The chamber makes a huge impact on the ability of Children’s Express to fulfill all the Christmas wishes,” said Tammy Leinhart, coordinator of Christmas Express. “As the Dec. 15 deadline approaches, Patti Mehm goes and collects all the ‘wishes’ still left on the tree. Then she and her family purchase all the items, using the money allocated from the shared proceeds of the basket raffle, as well as money she has collected from others. Every wish is fulfilled.”
There are also be “Holiday Cans” for cash donations located at area businesses. Checks can also be mailed to Christmas Express, 276 Alder Meadow Road, Schroon Lake 12870.
For more information or to arrange a pick up, contact Leinhart at 532-9643.