Thursday January 3, 2013

The 76th annual Reformer Christmas Stocking has reached and exceeded its goal of $90,000. A total of $90,623.88 has been received.

The Stocking Committee members all breathed a sigh of relief as word spread on Wednesday afternoon. No one had a doubt that it would happen, but seeing it happen year after year has become exhilarating. And each time, is met with the same enthusiasm.

This is such a caring community, and taking care of our children in need is at the top of their list in many people’s minds at this time of year.

On behalf of the committee: Thank You!

Thank you to all the volunteers who unload and unpack the boxes and outfit the children. Thank you to all our knitters who skillfully make hats and mittens and even some scarves and sweaters. Thank you to all those who pick up their checkbooks or go online to donate and make this program work, this year, and for the past 76 years.

This year, the program served 1,364 children from 612 families. Any money received over the goal is used to buy more coats and boots to continue the program into the future.

All contributions will be continue to be listed daily in the Reformer as requested by the donor.

Contributions, which are tax deductible, may be sent to: Reformer Christmas Stocking, P.O. Box 703, Brattleboro, VT 05302-0703.

Donors may use their credit cards on PayPal for contributions by visiting www.reformer.com/christmasstocking. Type how you would like your donation to be listed in the Reformer in the "Purpose" line.

Contributions may also be brought to the Reformer office at 62 Black Mountain Road on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

CONTRIBUTIONS

In memory of Dick Graber, with grateful thanks to nurses and staff at Hilltop House, Thompson House, and Hospice. From Becky, Tim, Sarah, and Jacob. $50.

Keep the kids warm. Alyssa Blum, $25.

In memory of Brandyn. I will always miss you! Love, Allie, $50.

In loving memory of our mother, Phyllis Padham. Love, John Kinley, Bonnie Kinley, and Heather Kinley Sherman, and families. $25.

In memory of Mary B. Galanes, a woman strong in her love of family and in her faith. $50.

Masonic Lodge, Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 46 F&AM, Jamaica, $100.

Anonymous, $50.

Help keep our children warm this winter. John and Targ Spicer, $25.

Diana and James Urbaska, $100.

In loving memory of my loving husband Subhash (Sam) Vaidya who loved life to the fullest, caring loving and best teacher! We miss him. Tina Vaidya, $151.

In sweet loving memory of my son Shalin Vaidya. We miss you and think of you everyday. Tina Vaidya, $101.

In loving memory of beautiful loving wonderful two young people, Kevin Squires and Kelsey Wells. God bless them. We miss them. Tina Vaidya, America’s Best Inn. $51.

In loving memory of Conor Barry, a bright young man who will be missed greatly. Tina Vaidya, $25.

In loving memory of Edward Benway. The most dedicated loyal person. We miss him. Tina Vaidya, $25.

In a memory of Nicola C. Deyo. We miss you and your joyful talks. Tina Vaidya, $25.

In memory of our neighbor, Richard Shuldiner. Becca Balint and Elizabeth Wood, $50.

In memory of Ralph Momaney. Jean Bailey, $100.

In memory of Marilyn Lewis. Brattleboro Vt. Dept. of Health District Office, $93.

To Peter Petrelli, always in our hearts. Chris and Loretta, $20.

Today: $ 1,116.00

Previous: $89,507.88

Total to Date: $90,623.88