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Brenna Garrett is wrapping gifts for the North Elba Community Christmas Fund in December 2019 (Business Photo – Elizabeth Izzo)

LAKE PLACID – With the launch of social media platforms, the choice of a board of directors, and the launch of a website, Venmo account and tax-exempt status, the North Elba Community Christmas Fund is re-energized to help hundreds of families in need this holiday season.

Zach Clark and his sister Cora Clark are co-hosting the program for the third time this year. They are joined by the owner of a local business, Jessie Seguin, who adds a technological component to this annual drive of food, clothes and toys.

“What finally touched us was Jess and her energy”, Zach said. “I’m from the old school. I still send letters, even though there’s this email and internet thing and all that good stuff.

Social media platforms for the North Elba Christmas Fund have been set up on Facebook and Instagram. A Venmo account should be launched by this weekend to receive donations. Venmo – venmo.com – is a digital wallet.

“Just to bring us into the 21st century” Zach said. “People love Venmo. It’s instantaneous. Push a button, bang, the money is sent. So whatever way we can help people support our organization, that’s fantastic. And Jess has the ability, the knowledge, and the energy to help us with that.

Other things in the works include building a website and filing for tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

“We’re just trying to keep up, which is hard for an old man like me” Zach said.

A board of directors was recently chosen from among former volunteers, and the fund’s mission statement was uploaded to the Facebook page.

Distribution sites are new this year. The High Peaks Resort will host the toy, gift and clothing distribution from December 14-16, and the Crowne Plaza will host the holiday food box distribution on December 18.

Toy collection boxes are located at Kinney Drugs, Walgreens and the Champlain National Bank in Lake Placid. Trees to be gifted with tags will be installed at the Palace Theater and the Lake Placid Health and Medical Fitness Center.

Fundraisers are taking place. For example, there will be a Buddy the Elf toy drive fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Pure Placid, 6006 Sentinel Road, Lake Placid. It will offer drinks, appetizers and fundraising for local families. And there will be a Maker’s Market fundraiser from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 at the Alpine Mall on Main Street.

Checks can be sent to the North Elba Community Christmas Fund, c / o Cora or Zach Clark, 2693 Main St., Lake Placid, NY 12946.

And the fund will accept toiletries and other items this year, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, face masks, socks and children’s underwear to distribute at the High Peaks Resort.

“Anything that can help and that we can put on a general table” Zach said.

The organizers cannot contact every person or business in town to see if they would like to help, so they are asking the community to contact them.

“It is really important that companies know that they have to stand up for themselves to get involved in this organization if they want to help.” said Séguin. “If they want to get involved, they can get involved. There will be no “no” to any donation of any kind.

For more information or to volunteer, email [email protected] or contact Zach Clark at 518-524-6552 or [email protected]; Cora Clark at 518-524-6180 or [email protected]; or Jessie Seguin at 518-260-5782.

Last year, the North Elba Community Christmas Fund delivered just under 200 boxes of holiday food and about 150 gift bags for children and families.

“It will be a huge undertaking once again this year. Zach said. “The need never ends, unfortunately, but this city always lives up to the occasion. “

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