Tuesday October 2, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Social service and school officials in Windham County and nearby Cheshire County, N.H., have referral forms for the 2012 Brattleboro Reformer Christmas Stocking. Families that qualify for assistance from the Stocking for this winter and have not received the form from their child’s school should contact the school or other social services such as the WIC program. The deadline for applications to be received by the Stocking Committee is Monday, Oct. 15.

Children ages 15 and under, that are eligible, receive winter outerwear including coats and boots. Younger children receive snowpants and all receive hats and mittens, many of which are made by volunteers in the community.

The children are outfitted in November, usually before the cold winter weather begins. The Stocking kicks off its fundraising drive the day after Thanksgiving with all donations listed in the newspaper daily through the end of the year.

The eligibility of families for warm outerwear for their children is determined solely from the application and the recommendation of the referring agency. Self-referrals are not accepted and the staff of the newspaper is not involved in the process. Do not bring or mail applications to the Reformer.

Last year, over 1,300 children from 655 families were outfitted. The goal remains at $90,000 for this year’s fundraiser.

For information, call Betty Elwell at 802-254-6815 or Veronica Wheelock at 802-257-0486.

Donations are accepted year round. Send to: Reformer Christmas Stocking, P.O. Box 703, Brattleboro, VT 05302-0703 or visit www.Reformer.com/ChristmasStocking.