SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Teachers Association will hold its third annual Shop, Drop and Eat event tonight in downtown Saranac Lake.
The event provides teachers a chance to do some Christmas shopping while supporting local businesses and donating food to needy families. It's been expanded this year to employees of other local businesses and institutions.
The event challenges SLTA members to purchase at least one Christmas present at 36 participating local business. They are also encouraged to drop off canned goods for the local food pantry at the Blue Moon Cafe. Each purchase qualifies members for a raffle.
Organizers of the third annual Shop, Drop, Eat event, scheduled for tonight in downtown Saranac Lake, pose for a picture in Berkeley Green. From left are Kim Godreau of Trudeau Institute, Katie Kirkpatrick of St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, village of Saranac Lake Trustee Barb Rice, Joe Thill of the Saranac Lake Teachers Association, SLTA President Melissa Devit, Bobbie Karp of North Country Community College and NCCC President Steve Tyrell.
The idea for the event was developed by SLTA Vice President Joe Thill, a history teacher at Saranac Lake High School. SLTA President Melissa Devit says participation has grown since it began, and now teachers at each building within the district compete with each other to see which building has the greatest participation.
This year SLTA worked with the village of Saranac Lake Downtown Committee and several other institutions to expand the event. Employees of Trudeau Institute, St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers and North Country Community College are now eligible to participate.
Organizers said they hope collective participation from these institutions will result in more sales for participating businesses and more food donated for the food pantry.