For the Kids

Turkey Trotters

Turkey Trot Participants in Malone, Thanksgiving 2012.

People rally around programs for kids, especially when they promote health and well-being. To generate gifts, people pay to play in golf tournaments or run five chilly kilometers in the November turkey trot. Gifts come to the Adirondack for Kids Fund at Adirondack Foundation from a variety of other means: collection boxes at Mo’s Pub & Grill, an indoor employee-to-employee “garage sale,” and a whole lot of generous donations from employees of the Adirondack family of businesses that includes Adirondack Energy and Titus Mountain.

The result is that the Adirondack for Kids Fund can make significant grants to nonprofit organizations that support youth activities in the areas also served by their businesses. Clinton, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties fall within the Fund’s territory.

In 2012, grant recipients included the Malone YMCA for its basketball and other winter programs during the school year, the Holy Family Homestead for a completely renovated playground for the school and its neighboring community, and the Backpack Program, which sends food home every weekend with kids who rely heavily on the school lunch program.

Others beneficiaries include the Altona Youth Commission, Huskie Science and Swim Camp, Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake for technology, Malone Minor Hockey for equipment, Foothills Society to pay for a professional pianist at a children’s program, Franklin Academy’s bowling team, Saranac Lake High School for its after-prom party, and Massena Neighborhood Center for holiday gifts for kids.