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BRATTLEBORO >> Monday morning, from 7:30 to 8 a.m., the United Way of Windham County's Carmen Derby and Sadie Fischesser will be on Green Mountain Mornings with Chris Lenois on WKVT-AM to discuss the Kids in Coats Fund and the United Way's HOPE initiatives.

The Kids in Coats Fund replaced the Reformer's Christmas Stocking, which had its 78th and final distribution this year. United Way's goal is to raise $75,000 for clothes distribution in 2016. Windham County families with children newborn through grade 6 can 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.

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. Donations can also be dropped off at the Brattleboro Reformer office at 62 Black Mountain Road or the United Way office at 1 Holstein Place, both in Brattleboro, Vermont.

"We are developing this new fund with input from families, social service providers, schools, and former Stocking board members and volunteers," said Derby. "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. 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.