Don’t let generosity end at Christmas

Christmas is over, and that means many area residents have put away their altruistic impulses along with the holiday decorations. After all, it’s before the holiday that charitable organizations need help, right?

Yes and no. It is true that the weeks leading up to Christmas are times of pressure for charitable organizations. There are toys and clothing to buy for children, holiday meals to provide for families and other special needs.

But some organizations strain their resources to fill all those pre-Christmas needs. That leaves them short of resources for the winter months, when thousands of area families still need help.

Other charities are in need this time of year simply because of the post-Christmas drop-off in giving.

Your help still is needed. Some men still need hot meals. Some women still require warm clothing. Some children still need medical care. Some families still don’t have places to stay.

Please, then, don’t stop helping simply because Christmas is over. Make a donation to your favorite charity, because need is there all year round.

If you aren’t sure which charity to give to, we suggest one of our local food pantries. All of them need donations of money and food to help feed people in need here in our communties. You can drop off food at one of the boxes at local grocery stores and churches, or you can mail a check to one or more of these addresses:

Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry

P.O. Box 532

Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Tupper Lake Community Food Pantry

179 Demars Blvd., Lot 2

Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry

P.O. Box 1475

Lake Placid, NY 12946

St. Paul’s/Assumption Food Pantries

Site 1, Vermontville

9 Tyler Road

Vermontville, NY 12989

St. Paul’s/Assumption Food Pantries

Site 2, Gabriels

P.O. Box 96

Rainbow Lake, NY 12976