For nearly 30 years, the Gram Lorraine program has provided thousands of deserving children in the Mohawk Valley with four items of clothing, a toy, book or game of their choice, and winter coats.
Participating schools include Benton Hall (LFalls), Owen D. Young, Frankfurt, CVA, Mt. Markham and BOCES. Deserving families are nominated by school staff. Sponsors are generous individuals, organizations (e.g. Greater Herkimer Lions; Frankfort Kiwanis), corporations (e.g. Feldmeiers; Lexington), HCCC sports teams/faculties, etc.
Sponsors receive assignments in early November and in December drop off their gifts at designated sites. Deserving families collect their gifts later in the week. The age group of recipients varies, with some schools covering newborns through grade 6 while others do kindergarten through grade 6.
If you’d like to become a sponsor, send a note including your email address and phone number to HCHC, PO Box 622, Herkimer, NY-13350, and we’ll get back to you.
Donations are also accepted (payable to HCHC-Gram Lorraine). Your donation is tax deductible. By participating, you’ll help the local economy (sponsors spend between $80-100,000 a year) and guarantee that a local child will have a real Merry Christmas.
For questions, call 315-866-7765. Thank you and happy holidays to you and yours.
Ray Lenarcic-Program Founder
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