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Toys for Tots heading for Rouses Point Sunday

St. Patrick's Church volunteers typically receive about 50-60 toys from the train, which are in turn distributed to various families in the area.

"It's to anybody," said Ramsey. "We kind of want to keep them in this end of the North Country. You can be from Alburg, you can be from Morrisonville, I don't care."

Another way in which St. Patrick's Church helps the people of the North Country is through their annual Christmas Party. This year's event will be held in the church's basement, Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1-3 p.m.

"We have a rummage sale in the spring and some of that money goes towards this toy party," said Ramsey, who organizes the event. "Eventually, by the end of the season we usually provide between 200 to 300 toys on our own to local kids."

The party, which usually sees about 100 kids, will give out a gift to each child, who will also get to spend time with Santa Claus.

"We want to see as many kids as we can," said Ramsey. "We definitely will have toys for at least the first 200 kids."

Although St. Patrick's Church is involved in the Christmas Party and Toys for Tots, it is not a requirement to be Catholic in order to receive a gift. For more information, contact the church at 297-7361.

Editor Jeremiah S. Papineau contributed to this report.

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