Bringing joy to hundreds of children in need each year.

We are mourning the loss of our friend and longtime president, Pam Yurgartis, who passed away on July 17, 2021. Her obituary may be found here.

Pam was our steadfast leader for 12 years. As president of the Potsdam Holiday Fund, Pam led our board through some lean years as well as our most successful fundraising year, last season. Even though we were unable to hold “Santa’s Workshop” and our food basket program last year because of the pandemic, Pam helped to find a way to provide warm clothing, gifts and food to over 900 people – parents, children and senior citizens who were going through a very tough time.

Throughout her years as president, she managed our program with grace, determination and optimism. Pam always had a smile and a kind word for everyone, including the hundreds of families who received much needed assistance each year as well as the many volunteers and donors who made the program possible.

We will miss her terribly, but hope that we can honor her memory by carrying on the good work that she did so well.

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Because of your generosity, the Potsdam Holiday Fund, Inc. was able to help hundreds of families in need during the 2020 holiday season, an especially challenging time for those in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.

Your generous contribution, along with donations from many others, enabled the Potsdam Holiday Fund to help 475 children from 186 families that included 308 adults. In addition, 124 senior citizens received assistance through our program. Thus, a total of 907 individuals were helped this year by the Potsdam Holiday Fund.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, in 2020 we changed our program to an all-voucher format. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our community, we were able to provide vouchers for gifts, warm clothing and food to these families – vouchers they were able to redeem at local businesses.

Despite the tough economic times, the true spirit of giving really came through in our community. We are hopeful that during the 2021 holiday season we’ll be able to return to our usual format and welcome back the hundreds of donors and volunteers who make the Potsdam Holiday Fund possible. Thank you so much!

A special thank you to our major donors who gave $1,000 or more to the Potsdam Holiday Fund in 2020-21:

  • Adirondack Foundation - Adirondack for Kids Fund

  • The Brothers of the Beta Zeta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at St. Lawrence University

  • Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home

  • Hobble Gobble Prediction Run-Walk and its director Jacqueline Bill

  • LaVigne’s IGA of Potsdam

  • Randy LaValley of LaValle Transportation, one of our most generous donors for the past decade

  • Northern New York Community Foundation's LEAD Council

  • PACES, SUNY Potsdam

  • Rotary Club of Potsdam

  • SpiceCSM

  • St. Lawrence Radiology Associates, PC

Donate Today For 2021!

Gifts to the Potsdam Holiday Fund are always welcome and appreciated. If you would like to give, please click on the “Donate Today” button above. Thank you!