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Kinney Drugs gives gifts to area seniors

Presents for the Santa for Seniors fundraiser at the Elizabethtown Kinney Drugs store.

Presents for the Santa for Seniors fundraiser at the Elizabethtown Kinney Drugs store. Photo by Russ Knobel

— While Christmas and the holidays are thought of as special times for children, they can also be special for the young at heart.

That is why Kinney Drugs in Elizabethtown and Lake Placid recently held a Santa for Seniors drive, where customers helped purchase gifts for seniors living at the Horace Nye Nursing Home and Greenwood Apartments.

“It is a chain-wide initiative to help get gifts for those in need,” Elizabethtown and Lake Placid store manager Russ Knobel said. “Each store gets with a local organization and drops off gift tags that are then filled out, and the customers really do the rest.”

Knobel said support for the drive was excellent, and tables were filled with gifts.

“There were around 75 gifts total at the Elizabethtown store,” he said. “We really had a good turnout at both locations.”

Along with the Santa for Seniors program, the stores also held an annual toy drive, with donations going to the Adirondack Community Action Program’s Christmas Foundation and the North Elba Community Christmas Fund.

“There has really been a focus in the company to try and do things that help your store and your local community,” Knobel said. “It tends to have more people give to a cause when they know that everything is staying right here in there community, and it is a question that we get a lot where people will ask us to make sure they are supporting a local cause.”

Kinney Drugs also participates in an annual Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser along with their local fundraisers and service projects.

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