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Champlain National Bank Wraps 2023 Project We Care

Project We Care, Champlain National Bank’s annual holiday giving initiative of employee-lead projects throughout Essex, Clinton, and Franklin counties, wrapped for the 2023 season with a record number of gifts collected.  The Project We Care program partners with local agencies and schools to help collect toys, food, warm clothing, and other items, which are then provided to people in need in our communities.  The Bank provides most of the funding to fulfill these projects, which is supplemented by the generosity of our employees and people from the communities we serve.  Projects were as follows:

Champlain: We collected toys and gift cards for Christmas Magic, which ensures a wonderful Christmas to the less fortunate children in our area.

Crown Point:  Working with the Crown Point Central School District, we collected gifts for children in need who attend the school.  We also collected non-perishable food and hygiene products to give to these students and their families.

Elizabethtown:  Continuing a long-standing collaboration with Adirondack Community Action Programs, our branch was a drop off location for the Holidays Are For Sharing Toy Drive.

Keene: In collaboration with the Keene Valley Congregational Church, we collected spare change that will be used to purchase food for local people in need this holiday season.

Lake Placid: We collected new toys, arts & craft supplies, clothing, and gift cards for the North Elba Community Christmas Fund.

Plattsburgh Downtown:  Working in partnership with counselors and teachers at Oak Street Elementary School, we collected gifts for the students whose families are struggling to provide them with Christmas presents.

Plattsburgh (500 Route 3): In partnership with Momot Elementary School, we collected gifts for children who may not be receiving much for Christmas this year.

Saranac Lake: We collected toys for children ages 8-12, along with hats and mittens, for the Saranac Lake Holiday Helpers.

Westport: In partnership with Boquet Valley Central School District, we provided gifts for children who another social service agency might not reach.  We also collected non-perishable food and hygiene products to give to these families.

Willsboro: We partnered with Christmas for Kids, which provides Christmas gifts for children living in Willsboro and Essex.

“For the past 10 years, Champlain National Bank employees have embraced Project We Care, which started in a single branch and gradually grew to include all 10 of our locations,” said Jackie Hallock, VP/Director of Marketing.  “Our employees see firsthand how tight money can be during the holidays, and these projects give them a chance to help the most vulnerable people in our area.  It’s especially gratifying knowing that our efforts will help ensure that all children in our communities have something to unwrap on Christmas morning and a nice Christmas dinner.”

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