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LEAD Council’s Holiday Giving Fund begins donation challenge

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WATERTOWN — The LEAD Council of the Northern New York Community Foundation is beginning its annual Holiday Giving Fund.

The LEAD Council will kick off its initiative with a $5,000 matching challenge, which will match each donation up to $5,000.

The fund is open to donations through Dec. 2. Donations will be evenly distributed to Christmas Crusade for Kids, Christmas Sharing Holiday Assistance and the Potsdam Holiday Fund.

“Our LEAD members get excited about this holiday challenge every year,” LEAD Council Chair Andrew Boulter said. “It’s a great way for the group to dive head first into the holiday season in a way that supports the mission of both LEAD and the Community Foundation.”

The Christmas Crusade for Kids is led by Tunes 92.5 and provides holiday gifts to children and families across the north country. More than 1,200 families received gifts in 2021, led by Tunes 92.5 in collaboration with the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Watertown Urban Mission, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and Toys for Tots.

Christmas Sharing Holiday Assistance is a program of the Lowville Food Pantry that distributes gifts, toys, food boxes and other goods to children, families and seniors across Lewis County.

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