Editor of the Reformer:

From Nov. 8 through Nov. 19 the Reformer Christmas Stocking outfitted 1,330 children ages birth to 15 years of age with winter outerwear. They represent 619 families who were referred by area schools and social service agencies and met the financial eligibility guidelines.

This all volunteer program is possible with the outpouring of community volunteers who help in so many ways: unpacking, distributing clothing, knitting or sewing, data entry, appointment scheduling. We are most grateful for the administrative support of the Brattleboro Housing Authority and the Brattleboro Reformer.

Without the financial support and generosity of all who contribute their time, talent and treasure none of the above could happen. You have given 619 families, 1,330 children "a hand up" this season.

On behalf of the Reformer Christmas Stocking Committee, thank you for being a part of this circle of caring.

In gratitude,

Betty Elwell

Chairperson, Reformer

Christmas Stocking

Brattleboro, Dec. 11


Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to send my sincere thank you to all the volunteers who participated in this year’s Community Day of Caring on Saturday, Sept. 7. The event brought in nearly 100 community members, helping 13 area non-profits with painting, sorting, construction, and gleaning projects throughout Windham County. These were much-needed projects for area organizations that work so hard each and every day on behalf of our community.

Many thanks to our lead sponsors: C&S Wholesale Grocers, Derby Building & Woodwork, The Holstein Association, The Richards Group, and Vermed.

In-kind donations also came from: American Legion Post 5, Harlow Farm, Leader Beverage, TD Bank, The Reformer, and Vermont Foodbank.

And the day could not have been successful without the enthusiasm of the 13 participating community organizations: Morningside Shelter, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, Farming Connections, Inc., First Baptist Church/Brattleboro Overflow Winter Shelter, Green Mountain Camp for Girls, Hilltop Montessori School, Our Place Drop-In Center, Saxtons River Montessori School, Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding, The Family Garden, Inc., The Gathering Place, Vermont Foodbank - Gleaning Program, Windham Child Care Association/Sprouts Early Learning.

Thank you.

To find out more about how to become involved, make a donation, or volunteer with United Way of Windham County, contact Laura Schairbaum, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@unitedwaywindham.org, 802-257-4011, or visit www.unitedwaywindham.org.

Laura Schairbaum,

volunteer coordinator,

United Way of Windham County,

Brattleboro, Sept. 26


Editor of the Reformer:

Reading the paper these last few weeks, I have been struck again by how fortunate we all are to have so many people giving so much of themselves in support of many needs in our community. Seniors in Putney were the beneficiaries of great effort on Saturday, Oct 5., when 25 people ages 11-83 walked to raise money for Putney Cares.

The 15th Walk for Healthy Aging was a delightful success, and we want to thank the walkers, sponsors and business that make this possible. Basketville, Dosolutions, Green Mountain Orchard, Green Mountain Spinner, Hidden Springs Maple, Landmark College, Medicine for the People, Putney Coop, Putney Mountain Winery, River Valley Credit Union, Rod’s Towing and Repairs, and Tom Hayes donated to support student walkers.

These combined efforts are the means for many programs at the Putney Cares Barn, including Meals on Wheels, Strong Living, the Artists in Each of Us, Community Lunch, free Foot Clinic among others and two new endeavors, Gentle Yoga and International Folk Dance.

Thanks to everyone who walked and sponsored.

Julie Forsythe,


Putney Cares Board,

Oct. 25