With Thanksgiving next week and the Christmas/Hanukkah season up next, it is easy to get caught in the shuffle and forget about those less fortunate people in the area. It’s time to take a moment to help those people; one good way is to make a donation to your local food pantry.
Believe it or not, there are people right here who need a helping hands when it comes to proving a Thanksgiving feast. It won’t take much effort to make a difference and help brighten the holiday for others, especially if everyone lends a hand.
The next time you visit the supermarket, take a moment to buy some extra non-perishable foodstuffs; then donate them. Price Chopper, Grand Union and Kinney Drugs (and perhaps others) have bins, so it is an easy action that will have a profound impact. Even donations of items such as bread and other goods are being accepted.
Another great way to donate, and to have an enjoyable evening at the movies, is to visit the Palace Theatre through Dec. 15, where a discount will be given to each attendee who brings two cans of food for the Lake Placid food pantry. This action by the Clark family, which owns the cinema, is a great example of a local business getting involved to help the community. Perhaps other business owners will decide to help this or other important causes in similar fashion in time for Christmas.
The combined donations of a community can ensure that everyone has an enjoyable Thanksgiving feast and holiday season.
For more information on donating money or food to the food pantry, call the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry at 523-9620 or visit their location from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays in the basement of St. Agnes Church on Saranac Avenue.