TUPPER LAKE - As part of a consolidated state-wide endeavor to perform volunteer activities, the New York State Arc has launched its New York State Arc Gives Back campaign.
NYSARC Inc. is the largest parent and family-governed organization supporting people with intellectual and other disabilities.
Two local men are playing a big role in this effort to collect everyday necessities such as toiletries and perishable food items for the Tupper Lake Food Pantry.
Bernard Bean, left, and Michael Hurteau are both volunteer donating their time to collect everyday necessities such as non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Tupper Lake Food Pantry.
(Photo courtesy of Adirondack Arc)
Bernard Bean, supported by the Adirondack Arc for several decades, has been volunteering for most of his life in one capacity or another. Bean has been delivering the Watertown Daily Times to Tupper?Lake residents for more than 12 years. He is a lover of music, both listening and playing, is an active member of the Tupper Lake?Christian Center and a well-known friend of many in Tupper Lake.
Hurteau, supported by Adirondack Arc in Tupper Lake since 2007, is employed by North Star Industries but finds time to volunteer when he can. He is a well-known member of his community, making connections as a local historian and collector of Altamont Dairy milk bottles. He recently participated in the annual Tupperpalooza, displaying his antique bottle collection and Altamont Dairy memorabelia, sparking many conversations about the good old days in Tupper Lake.
Anyone interested in donating to their campaign for non-perishables and toiletries can find collection boxes at the following locations in Tupper Lake: Dollar General, Family Dollar, Save-A-Lot, Shaheen's IGA and the Tupper Lake Arc offices at 12 Mohawk St.
Items are collected each Monday and delivered to the food pantry on Tuesdays.