Ticonderoga The Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program is now taking applications for its 2012 holiday gift distribution.
The program, now in its 32nd year, provides Christmas gifts to needy children living in the area. Any family receiving free or reduce price lunches at school is eligible, if they have children attending the Ticonderoga Central School District or St. Mary’s School.
Applications are now available at the Ticonderoga Community Building on Montcalm Street.
The deadline for applications is Nov. 10.
For information call Nancy Quesnel at 585-7017.
Quesnel replaced Helen Gibbs as director last year. Gibbs stepped down after the 2010 holiday season following 20 years with the program.
Quesnel stressed the program is entirely confidential. After applications are verified, names are removed and families are assigned numbers, she said. People who purchase gifts buy for a specific number, not knowing who the child is.
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.