Potsdam Holiday Fund provides for 319 families
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 12:25 pm

To the Editor:

We at the Potsdam Holiday Fund, Inc. wish to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who helped us reach out to those among us who were in need during the holiday season.

We are grateful to the hundreds of people who donated to the fund, purchased gifts through our Giving Tree program, served on our board and volunteered to distribute gifts and food baskets.

We greatly appreciate North Country This Week providing a link to our application on their website and publicizing our program.

We also would like to give special thanks to Dave Smith’s class at Potsdam Central School for stuffing the envelopes for our solicitation letters, Teresa Smith’s culinary arts class at BOCES for baking 300 dozen (!) cookies for the food baskets, the Interact Club at A.A. Kingston Middle School for their donation, and Girl Scout Cadet Troop #50241 for collecting pajamas. Thanks to all of these good people, the Holiday Fund was able to provide warm winter clothing, food and gifts for 319 families, including 519 children – 70 more than last year -- and 97 senior citizens in our community.

In addition, thanks to our community’s overwhelming generosity, we were able to provide presents to 171 children at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center inpatient program and collaborative day treatment program, as well as several children’s outpatient clinics in our area.

We are particularly grateful to the many volunteers and organizations who sponsored fund raisers and coordinated projects for the program, including Randy LaValley and the Hobble Gobble Prediction Run-Walk that raised a record-breaking $10,750.

As you know, this year was a difficult one for many in the North Country. Yet, despite the tough economic times – or maybe because of them – the true spirit of giving came through in our Potsdam community. Thank you for helping us do what Potsdam does best – take care of our neighbors in need. It is good people like you who help to make our community such a great place to live.

Pam Yurgartis, President

Potsdam Holiday Fund, Inc.