The annual Tiny Tim Christmas Concert will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street. The concert, featuring the Ticonderoga Community Band, raises money for the Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program, which provides Christmas gifts to needy children in the area.
continued The Tiny Tim program started in 1980 when a group of Ticonderoga Central School teachers realized the need. The program grew to the point the teachers could no longer handle the demand.
There have been a lot of changes during the years.
Tiny Tim no longer accepts or distributes used items and gifts are no longer wrapped.
And, Tiny Tim has grown. It started out giving away winter coats. Now each child gets six pair of socks, six sets of underwear, a jacket, ski pants, boots, clothing and toys.
Tiny Tim will not purchase any electronics such as iPods, cell phones, computers or game systems.
Tiny Tim now serves about 75 families and nearly 200 children each holiday season.
It costs more than $6,000 a year to operate the Tiny Tim program.
While Gibbs has stepped down, Quesnel said the former director will remain involved.
“Helen’s not off the hook; she’d better keep her phone line open,” Quesnel said. “I just can’t let 20-some years of knowledge walk way. She knows all the little tricks, the ins and outs. Her heart is still in it, and we want to involve Helen as much as we can.”