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Outerwear drive serves 100+ local families

The Winter Outerwear Handout in Lake Placid took place Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Adirondack Community Church. (Photo provided)

LAKE PLACID — Organizers for the Winter Outerwear Handout on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at the Adirondack Community Church were preparing for an increase in families needing winter clothing this year due to the economic situation in the region, according to co-organizer Zach Clark.

“We feel there is going to be a lot more demand because of the COVID and a lot of people not working,” Clark said Friday morning.

In all, they served about 125 families bundle up for the winter, according to Clark, who said he’s received a lot of emails from people wishing to donate clothing. Last year, they helped 135 families. In 2017, it was as high as 175 families. Items include boots, socks, jackets, gloves and hats.

“Everything you would need to survive in 10 months of winter (in the Adirondacks),” said Clark, who co-organizes the annual drive with Tara Wright.

Clark, Wright and a number of volunteers spent Thursday evening preparing for the clothing drive at the church. They included Heather Perkins, Bridget McKillip and Tracey Coolidge from the Gordon W. Pratt Agency and Jake Wright and his volunteers from Skyward Hospitality and the new Saranac Waterfront Lodge.

Thanks to extra donations, there are more clothing items than in the past. Anyone interested in donating clothes can contact Clark by email at emmadelyn6@yahoo.com. If they can’t be used for this year’s Winter Outerwear Handout, he can help people get in touch with future clothing drives, such as the North Elba Christmas Fund, which takes place in December.