There’s never a good time for tragedy to strike. When it happens during the holidays, however, its impact is magnified.
Such is the case with a family in Wilmington who lost their home — and all their possessions within — to a blaze on Monday, just days before Christmas. To add to their injury, they also lost several pets.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Patterson family, which has several young children who may, as a result of the fire, have a hard time finding joy this holiday.
The community has already responded in typical North Country fashion and are demonstrating the true meaning of Christmas. There has been an outpouring of support with donations, and the response to the family’s loss has been truly overwhelming. Just one day after the fire, the Lake Placid Elementary School had two rooms full of toys and clothing donated for the family by area residents.
Currently, there have been enough donations of toys and clothing, but the family still could use a helping hand during this trying time. According to the individuals who have been helping organize the donation effort, the family could still use monetary donations and gift cards for Price Chopper, local restaurants or other businesses such as a hardware store that would provide them with goods.
Your help will provide a beacon of light and hope for a local family in a time of crisis. Let the spirit of giving shine during a time when it matters the most.
Those wishing to make a donation to the family may either drop it off at the Lake Placid Fire Department or mail it to: Randy Patterson, 19 Summer St., Lake Placid, NY 12946.