Santa lives in Millerton …

There’s no better time to think of others than during the holidays. When so many of us celebrate with our family and friends, exchanging gifts and sharing food and laughter, it’s important to remember that not everyone is so fortunate.

There are those of us, including children, who experience great need all year long — but especially during Christmastime. For those children, thankfully, there’s Stacey Moore.

Moore, who heads the Adopt-A-Family program out of Millerton, could easily double as Santa. Through her efforts, hundreds of children and families that might otherwise go without during the holidays get to experience at time of great joy.

The Adopt-A-Family program provides new winter clothing and toys to any child in need living in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District or the Pine Plains Central School District. Through donations of both cash and toys, children are afforded not only new winter apparel, but also games, books, puzzles, arts and crafts, and toys. 

There’s even a North Pole, which is a collection site where children can select three new toys to put under their own tree.

Then, for winter clothing, parents are given $135 vouchers to shop for their children at Saperstein’s on Main Street in Millerton, to buy whatever they require. 

With 95 families and 250 children already signed up, there’s no doubt that the donations will come in handy for many.

Each year, local residents, businesses, organizations and even equestrian farms contribute. Why not join them? It’s a great way to celebrate the true meaning of the holidays and think outside of oneself — always an important exercise when we live in a world of such excess.

To learn more about the program, and how to contribute, read the story on the front page.

And if you see Moore roaming the village, make sure to give her your thanks. Her hard work, and that of her volunteers, makes whatever holiday one celebrates joyous and heartfelt.