In a season filled with hope and joy it is comforting to know that the holiday spirit lives on in the community of Catskill. About one-hundred Catskill High School students participated in their school’s annual Santa’s Helpers fundraising campaign in early December and ended up collecting $8,480 to help feed families in need within the Catskill Central School District. With the money the students raised, they were able to provide sixty local families with over a week’s worth of groceries each. Shown here, students sort food into care packages that will go out to the families.
This enormous outpouring of donations and time was made possible by so many. The Catskill High School Student Government, who organizes this event, would like to thank all the local businesses that allowed students to collect in front of their doors including: Stewarts, Extra Mart by the NYS Thruway, Village Pizza, Walmart, Subway, New York Restaurant, Label Shopper, Pomodoros, Ambrosia Diner, Great Wall Chinese, Dunkin Donuts, Long River Chinese, Bank of Greene County, Sunoco by the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, and Tori G’s. The students also give very special thanks to Slater’s Smart Stop of Cairo for providing a 20% discount on all the food purchased (a discount of over $2,000) and for delivering the food to the High School at no charge. Thanks also to the Catskill Lioness Club for their generous donations to the cause, and Story Farms for their donation of potatoes to the families.
This program has been a long-standing tradition at Catskill High School, dating back over sixty years. The Student Government hopes that Santa’s Helpers continues to be a success, especially in years like 2016, when so many have been hit hard by the tough economic times.