Georgia Pacific hosts annual party for underprivileged kids

PLATTSBURGH - Helping people is an idea that looks good on paper and in practice, if you ask Judy Tallada.

Tallada, who works with the Georgia Pacific Consumer Operations department at the paper company's Plattsburgh facility, oversees the company's annual community holiday party to help underprivileged children.

This year's party - held Dec. 5 at the Plattsburgh State Field House - was another success in helping provide activities like cookie decorating and ornament-making and giving gifts to more than 200 children and their families.

"Personally, I believe it was a wonderful event," she said. "I think it had a very positive impact on some very needy families who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the season."

Since the community party was established five years ago, Georgia Pacific has partnered with nonprofit organizations to identify and invite needy families from across the county. This year, the company worked with the North Country Child Care Council Family Connections, Family Promise, The Christmas Bureau, and the Women, Infants and Children Program.

"I was told by some of the agencies that the gifts we gave them might be the only gifts they get," added Tallada, who remarked that gave her a bittersweet feeling. "I only wish we could do more."

Gen Jabaut of Plattsburgh, who was at the event with her daughter, Halle Bacon, 9, and son, Colten Bacon, 7, said she was glad Georgia Pacific hosted the event and was excited about it being the first time she and her kids were invited.

"I think this is really nice. I'm really glad they offer something like this," she said.

Ronald Snyder, also of Plattsburgh, was decorating stockings with his 2-year-old son, Keashawn, and agreed.

"This is really helpful," he said. "For us, and the kids."

"We're just glad to do this," said Tallada. "We know there's such a need in the community."

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