LOWVILLE- Lewis County's Homeless Christmas Tree Initiative officially is now underway and will continue through Monday, December 21. The annual program is aimed to reach out and help those in need, especially during the holidays.
"Families find themselves out in the cold for various reasons, including house fires, battles with addictions, illness or job loss," said spokesperson and co-chair, Kallie Bauter, a senior at South Lewis Central School. "This will actually be my third year helping with this and I Love it!"
Now running for its ninth consecutive year, Lake Effect Tech, South State Street, Lowville, NY will serve as this year's main donation hub, where the Christmas tree will be located.
A satellite tree will also be set up at South Lewis Central School after Thanksgiving break, Bauter told us.
Residents can donate things like baby items, personal hygiene, kitchen and bath supplies and more. Monetary donations are also accepted.
These items will be collected and distributed to local agencies to be used throughout the county.
For more details, listen to our featured on-air interview with Kallie Bauter: