MASSENA - The Massena Neighborhood Centers Christmas program, the largest in the Massena area, is under way with applications being taken between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday from Nov. 5 through Dec. 10 at the centers office, 61 Beach St.
Last year, 426 families, including 568 children and 82 seniors, were served by this program; and those levels are expected to be met or exceeded this year.
The program depends on the generosity of area businesses, individuals, schools, churches and scout troops for its success. While it is expected that some of the items needed for the Christmas Program may be donated, Jill Butler, who coordinates the Christmas Program for the Center, points out that cash is urgently needed as well.
This money is used to purchase the turkeys, hams and other perishable items for the food boxes and for gift cards for the children. Donations may be sent to or dropped off at the Massena Neighborhood Center, 61 Beach St., Suite 103, Massena, NY 13662.
Students in some of the Massena elementary schools are once again making Touch a Hand Touch a Heart paper hands to be available for a small donation at local businesses, with all proceeds benefiting the needs of the children. In addition to Massena, the Centers service area extends into Brasher, North Lawrence, Louisville, Lawrenceville, Norfolk, Raymondville, Rooseveltown and parts of Chase Mills. It would be greatly appreciated if area businesses would consider supporting this effort by offering these hands to their customers. To participate in this project or with questions, please call Jill Butler at (315) 769-3140.
Every year the Fundraising Committee, which benefits the Massena Neighborhood Center, is amazed at the outpouring of public support for the Christmas program and feel fortunate to live in an area where people helping people is a number one priority.