Making the holidays brighter

SCHROON LAKE - The current economic situation has had a huge impact on the number of families seeking assistance, as well as limiting those able to give this holiday season. As children's heads are filled with thoughts of Santa, 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.

As in numerous years past, toys are 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.

"The most touching part of this entire process hits you when your read the 'wishes,' the requests are for items like warm boots or a baby doll, they are so sweet and simple, not extravagant, it touches your heart," explained supporter Patti Mehm.

The Wish Trees are set up in The Towne Store and Grand Union. The children have designated specific items that they are hoping to receive this year - which are listed on each "Wish." After taking a "Wish" each unwrapped gift should be taken to one of the drop box locations as soon as possible but no later then Dec. 19, 2009.

Drop boxes are located at The Towne Store, Glens Falls Bank, Senior Housing and the Senior Center. There will also be Holiday Cans for cash donations located at numerous are businesses. Checks can also be mailed to Christmas Express, 276 Alder Meadow Rd, Schroon Lake, NY 12870.

For more information or to arrange a pick up, contact Tammy Leinhart at 532-9643 or Sue Allen at 532-7859. We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

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