Lewis County Effort Provides Food, Gifts & Clothing To NeedyPosted: Updated:
Stuffed with foods like cereal, pasta and canned goods, 700 boxes were packed up Monday morning.
Each one, along with a bag filled with presents, will be picked up Tuesday by families from the area.
"They put on the application what they want - the kids want - and we try to fill them," said Jim Freeman, one of the founders of what's called the Lewis County Christmas Sharing Program.
It started 38 years ago with a goal of making sure kids had food and a gift on Christmas Day.
"First year we did 10 boxes, now we're doing 700 boxes," said Freeman.
Now the boxes include not only a full Christmas dinner, but also food to make sure kids who rely on school meals get enough to eat during their holiday break.
The Lowville Food Pantry helps with the program and students from South Lewis, Copenhagen, Lowville and the River Valley Mennonite schools are all pitching in this year.
All of the food and gifts are paid for through donations from the public.
"The people in Lewis County are so, how should I say it? Big-hearted. Some of the money comes in that you just can't believe the amount," said Freeman.
With help from the Lewis County Office for the Aging, another 250 bags of food are being delivered to seniors in the area as well.
After close to 40 years, the giving only grows.