PORTHENRY- The Retired & Senior Program of Essex County was recently awarded a Stewart's Holiday Match donation in the amount of $1,500.
Stewart's collected and matched donations in their shops from Thanksgiving until Christmas, a tradition since 1986.
The RSVP donation is being used to purchase yarn for its "Holidays for Sharing" program, during which volunteers make hats, mittens, scarves and blankets for children. Adirondack Community Action Program then distributes the items to needy children at holiday time and on an as-needed basis throughout the year.
RSVP has over 30 knitters and crochet artists producing warm garments for children. In 2010 they logged 6,253 hours in the "Holiday for Sharing" program. Bernice Mayer, who lives in Port Henry, devoted over 1,450 hours in volunteer time last year, part of which was devoted to knitting baby hats, blankets and sweaters for needy children. Madge Genier, who lives in Mineville, logged over 1,800 hours knitting and crocheting mittens, hats and baby blankets.
"Thanks to Stewart's Shops and their customers, this RSVP project can continue," said Barb Brassard, RSVPexecutive director.