Mirror Lake Inn employees give back for the holidays

Mirror Lake Inn employees pose with gifts collected for donation during the holiday season. (Photo provided)

LAKE PLACID – Everyone deserves a Merry Christmas.

It’s from that standpoint that the employees of the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa take time away from the specter of a busy holiday this month to ensure that others have a joyous Christmas.

Over the decades, the staff at the Inn has worked wonders making sure its guests feel at home in this most blessed time of the year. Decorations, lights, fireplaces, presents … it all creates an ambiance that brings guests back each year.

“But there’s more to it than that,” said Chris Jarvis, director of rooms. “All of us who work here and enjoy these holiday surroundings know the importance of Christmas in our own homes. We’re also aware of the people, especially children, who may not be so fortunate. It’s in that spirit that our employees took it upon themselves a few years ago to begin organizing an employee Christmas party here at the Inn during which they collect donations of toys and clothing for the North Elba Community Christmas Fund. It has become an annual event that the staff looks forward to, and the number of donations just seems to get bigger and bigger each year. We even have some long-time guests of the hotel that make it a point to contact the staff and make a donation to the event each year.”

The Inn’s efforts are spearheaded by front desk employee Meghan Lahart.

The community fund employee collections occur shortly after the Inn hosts “Joy to the Children” in early December. This annual holiday gala brings together more than 500 community members and guests to help raise funds which benefit the children’s programs at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

A week later, the staff turns its attention to helping North Elba families. For the past six years, workers have brought presents to the Inn in December, which in turn, are delivered to the town for holiday distribution.

“Doing this benefits others. It’s a little bit that means a lot, and is a true testament to the staff. They really enjoy knowing that they’re helping families in and around our community have a better Christmas and putting smiles on children’s faces,” Jarvis said.

The following is a recent editorial that appeared in the Lake Placid News regarding this yearly North Elba initiative.

“The North Elba Christmas Fund has been helping town families for more than 30 years. Last year alone, it gave toys and clothing to about 150 children, and they gave out about 185 food baskets.

“Any way you can help, it’s appreciated. Let’s give our North Elba neighbors who are less fortunate a very merry Christmas this year.

“Also, the North Elba Christmas Fund organizers are always looking for other families who need some help this holiday season. Give them a heads up if you see someone who could use a little extra help.

“To donate or volunteer — or if you know a family in need — call Britt Isham at 518-523-9518 or Shannon Porter at 518-523-9081.”