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BRATTLEBORO >> The United Way of Windham County recently launched its Kids in Coats Fund to support winter gear for Windham County kids. In the spirit of the Reformer Christmas Stocking, and with deep appreciation for its board, donors, and volunteers, UWWC is asking the community to support families in Windham County through this new fund.

UWWC seeks to raise $75,000 to support the purchase of winter gear for Windham County families with children newborn through grade 6. Eligible families will apply for assistance through established referral sources, such as schools, health and human service organizations, and state offices. All funds raised will directly benefit eligible children with winter gear.

"We are developing this new fund with input from families, social service providers, schools, and former Stocking board members and volunteers. Our goal is to provide a much-needed resource to families to ensure that children are warm and well-protected from the cold and snow next winter," said Carmen Derby, Executive Director of UWWC. "All donations to the fund are welcome and appreciated. We are grateful to the Reformer for its support of this new effort, as well as to our other media partners for their help in spreading the word. Together, we can keep kids warm."


UWWC has established a committee to explore winter gear distribution options and decide on a model that best serves families. Any community member who is interested in assisting is welcome to join. Contact Sue Graff, Director of Community Investments, at 802-257-4011, ext. 113 or for more information. Complete details on the application and distribution process will be shared by next fall.

Donations can be made by texting "toasty" to 41444, or by mailing a check made out to UWWC to PO Box 617, Brattleboro, VT 05302 with "coats" in the memo line. A donation form is available in the Reformer and donations can also be dropped off at the Reformer office at 62 Black Mountain Road or the United Way office at 1 Holstein Place, both in Brattleboro.

Anonymous, $25; Anonymous, $25; Anonymous, $150; Anonymous, $100; Anonymous, $30; Billie Smith, $25, Be warm for the winter fun Love; A caring grandmother, $25, Helping you stay warm this winter; Anonymous, $50; Grace Harris, $50; Diane Allen Bassett and Douglas Allen, $25, In memory of our parents, Harold and Peg Allen; Diane Allen Bassett & Douglas Allen, $50; Billie, $25, To help a child keep warm; Anonymous, $100, In honor of Milton and Jean Levine; Love, Mom, $25, Andy and Kerry — because we have been blessed with all we need; Mary, $10, For all the children to have a coat; Anonymous, $100, In loving memory of Fred Picker; Joe and Becky, $100, In memory of John Pichette, Merry Christmas; Anonymous, $40; Tom and Barbara Johnson, $100, In memory of our dear daughter Pamela, always in our heart; Anonymous, $100; The Paquettes, $30, To the kids who need coats; Anonymous, $50; Anonymous, $50, For Cleo, Vida and Deb; Al, Owl, and B, $50, uhhh, the kids; Anonymous, $500; Beverly, $25, In memory of my husband, Eddie; Anonymous, $100; Anonymous, $25, To friend, companion, sweetheart, lover — thank you for the gifts you give to me and all those around you. This is in your honor, with so much love and respect; Anonymous, $50; Anonymous, $50; Anonymous, $50; Orion and Carol Barber, $35; Lynn and George Herzog, $50, Merry Christmas to all the children;12/17/2015 Anonymous, $40 In memory of Sarah Kelly Carnahan; Anonymous, $100; T and M, $25, For the children; AT, $25, K*ss Kampers Love you all — lots.

Total collected as of Dec. 18: $4,510.