Giving Tree Locations
Forty-six business locations have set up Giving Trees to benefit children in need in Potsdam and the surrounding communities.
The Giving Trees are decorated with red and white diamond-shaped tags labeled with boy or girl, and the age of a child in need. The Potsdam Holiday Fund serves families with children from pre-birth to age 17.
Individuals who would like to help are asked to help “undecorate” the tree by taking a tag, purchasing a gift for the child, and returning it with the tag to a Giving Tree before December 13.
The Giving Tree portion of the Potsdam Holiday Fund is coordinated by the Kiwanis Club of Potsdam.
Participation in the Giving Tree program is a fun holiday activity for families and their children, who can learn important sharing lessons while also helping to choose gifts that are popular with children their own age.
Generally, there are plenty of gifts donated for toddlers, but not too many gifts are donated for the older children in the program. Based on past years, program volunteers offer the following suggestions for gifts for older children:
For boys: Lego’s, Star Wars, Mind Craft, Pokémon, Scientific Games, Remote Control Cars/Helicopters, Skate Boards, Model Car Kits, Shaving Kits and Rocket Kits.
For girls: Jewelry, Make Up, Nail Polish, Purses, Perfume, Crafts, Hair Accessories, Adult Coloring Books, Infinity Scarfs, Jewelry/Make Up Organizers
For either boys or girls: PJ’s (tops and bottoms) Electronics (head phones, alarm clocks, hand held games), Books, Board Games, Sporting Goods (balls, bats, gloves, nets, sleds, snow shoes, water bottles, etc.) Character T-shirts, Trick Puzzles, Gift Cards (Movies, Bowling, iTunes Cards, Olympia Sports, Hair, Nails), and Body Wash/ Lotion Kits.
If clothing is donated, please indicate color and size of the item on the gift tag.
Giving Trees are located at the following businesses (all Giving Tree locations are in Potsdam, unless otherwise specified):
3 Bears Bakery, 51 Market St.
Adirondack Federal Credit Union, 166 Market St.
Arby's, 172 Market St.
Barstow Motors, 154 Outer Market St.
Big Lots, 200 Market St.
Canton-Potsdam Hospital, 50 Leroy St.
Chilly Delight, 12 Main St.
Clarkson University Student Center
Collegiate Village of Potsdam, 206 Outer Main St.
Community Bank, 64-70 Market St
Community Bank (May Rd), 41 May Rd
Downtown Sports and Toys, 75 Market St.
Eben's Hearth, 115 Maple St.
Hampton Inn, 169 Market St.
Harris Medical, 71 Market St.
Home Town Café - Madrid, 3476 CR 14, Madrid
Jazzercise, 22 Depot St. (Market Square Mall)
Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St.
Kevin M Daniels Agency, 20 Elm St.
Key Bank, 17 Elm St.
Kinney Drugs, 48 Maple St.
Kinney Drugs, 200 Market St.
Mahoney's Auto Mall, 7513 US Hwy 11
Market Lanes, 144 Market St.
Monroe Muffler, 174 Market St.
NBT Bank, 6554 St. Hwy 56
North Country Savings Bank, 31 Main St.
Pizza Hut, 62 Market St.
Ponderosa, 185 Market St.
Potsdam Specialty Paper, 547 Sissionville Rd
Potter's Industries, 72 Reynolds Rd.
Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St.
Sandstone Realty, 8149 B US-11
Save A Lot, 200 Market St.
Sears, 6586 St Hwy 56
St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, 6585 SH 56
St. Mary's Church, 17 Lawrence Ave.
SUNY Potsdam Becky's Place
SUNY Potsdam Bookstore
SUNY Potsdam Maxcy Fitness Center
Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 Maple St.
United Methodist Church, 26 Main St.
University Bookstore, 39 Market St.
UPS Store, 200 Market St.
Village Diner, 22 Depot St. (Market Square Mall)
W. Stockholm Village Market, 148 CR 47, West Stockholm
Walmart, 7494 US Hwy 11