To the Times of Ti:
Nov. 28 the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stopped in Ticonderoga as part of their 15th annual program to support local food programs. The Canadian Pacific representative, Katie Hill, wowed Margaret Beurlein from the Ticonderoga Food Pantry when she advised that the usual $1,000 donation was increased to $3,500 this year. Canadian Pacific is also matching donations made to Feeding America during the three weeks of the Holiday Train tour.
Dec. 4 was the date for the annual Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon at Ticonderoga Elementary-Middle School which is jointly sponsored by the school and Ticonderoga Kiwanis. Last year, Kiwanis started a new feature for this annual event, a door prize of $100 to the lucky individual whose number is drawn by Santa Claus. Before leaving at the end of the luncheon, this year’s winner, Eileen McCabe, said that she had heard about the Kiwanis BackPack Program and that she would like to donate her $100 prize to the program to help young children.
Dec. 6 was the date for the fourth annual Shop & Dine Local sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. It was a busy evening all around, but the Burleigh Luncheonette was really jammed with “Elvis” – Jim Cawley providing the entertainment. One of Darlene Treadway’s patrons was very pleasantly surprised to learn that one of the other diners, someone they had never met before, had paid their bill.
Dec. 7 the students from Ticonderoga High School completed their annual Stuff-a-Bus event at the Ticonderoga Wal Mart store. Britney Shaw and Jay Wells coordinated the event. The students request that shoppers pick up a donation for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry while in the store and drop it off on their way out. Once again this year, the students were able to fill the bus thanks to the generosity of our local community members. In addition to the non-perishable foods, almost $300 in cash was collected for the food pantry.
Also on Dec. 7 one of the diners at Eddie’s Restaurant advised that she had not been aware of what was being done with the local BackPack Program until she had seen the video report on Channel 3 - WCAX. She was impressed with the program and asked Dave Iuliano how she could make a donation to support the effort. She then wrote out a check for $1,000. This very generous donor prefers to remain anonymous.
What goes around, comes around. The joyous spirit of the holiday season is all around us. No doubt, there are many other random acts of kindness that are not included here. Pay it forward.