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Lewis County Youth Bureau's 'Homeless Christmas Tree'
Initiative Returns With a New Donation Drop-off Location This Year

November 24, 2019   10:00 a.m.
    Lowville, NY- The 'Homeless Christmas Tree' is an annual Initiative of the Lewis
    County Youth Bureau in support of  an array of local agencies, who recognize
    there is a hidden epidemic that has to do with homelessness, lack of safe and
    affordable housing and assisting our local residents who have faced economic
    hardships get back on their feet.  There are many reasons that individuals and
    families find themselves “out in the cold” including: Job loss; illness; addictions;
    and due to house fires.

    Referrals for donated items come from agencies including Lewis County
    Department of Social Services, the Workplace, Loving Lewis County, Northern
    Regional Center for Independent Living, Transitional Living Services of Northern,
    NY, Lewis County Opportunities, Inc., and School Districts to name a few.  As of
    October 2019, donations received during our 2018 initiative have helped 236+
    families and individuals with personal hygiene, kitchen and bathroom supplies,
    and other items needed when a family or individual “starts over.”

    In the past, the tree was set up at the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, but
    with the Chamber moving out of their downtown location earlier this year a new
    location downtown was selected to host the tree.

    Donated items can be dropped off at Lake Effect Tech, located at 7567 South
    State Street in Lowville,  Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and from 9
    a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. You can also contact Penny (Demo) Moser,
    Director Lewis County Youth Bureau,  at 315-376-5411 to make other

    "We are excited to support this great initiative in our community and happy to
    provide a location for donations to be dropped off," said Josh Fitzgerald, owner of
    Lake Effect Tech.


    For Babies: Diapers (all sizes); wipes; shampoo; baby wash; lotions; powder;
    towels and washcloths.

    For our Economically Vulnerable: Shampoo/Conditioner; deodorant;
    toothpaste/tooth brushes; soap; toilet paper; bath towels/washcloths; laundry
    detergent (pods); dish soap;  can openers (manual); silverware; pots & pans;
    sheets, blankets and mattress pads (twin or full); and pillows.   

    Monetary donations will also be accepted and will be utilized to replenish items
    we run out of throughout next year.

Josh Fitzgerald, owner of Lake Effect Tech in Lowville, accepts donated items
for the 'Homeless Christmas Tree' initiative at his shop on State St.
Donations will be accepted through December 20.