Brattleboro Kids In Coats fund sees dip in donations

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BRATTLEBORO >> The United Way of Windham County is proud to support Windham County families with warm winter gear through its Kids in Coats Fund, which was created after the Reformer Christmas Stocking ceased operations in the fall of 2015.

UWWC has set a fundraising goal of $75,000 and all donations made will directly support the purchase of winter gear for Windham County families with children age newborn through grade 6 this fall. The number of children served will depend on the amount of funds raised. Community members have already donated nearly $15,000 to the Fund and donations of any size are welcome and appreciated. To make a donation, visit www.unitedwaywindham.org for a donation form. As with the Stocking, all donor messages will be published in the Reformer.

In the fall, eligible families will apply for winter gear assistance through referral sources, such as schools, health and human service organizations, and state offices. "We see firsthand the need for winter gear among our students," says school counselor Carole Rayl of Vernon Elementary School, a member of the Kids in Coats committee, "and the school staff and families appreciate every effort made by the community to support warm winter gear for children."

Donations to the Kids in Coats Fund 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. UWWC has established a Kids in Coats committee to develop a model that best serves families. Any community member who is interested in assisting is welcome to join. Please contact Sue Graff, Director of Community Investments, at 802-257-4011 ext. 113 or sue@unitedwaywindham.org for more information.

The United Way of Windham County is creating HOPE in Windham County by investing in health, opportunity, prosperity, and education initiatives. The Kids in Coats Fund is yet another way you can Lend HOPE a Hand. For more information, visit www.unitedwaywindham.org or call 802-257-4011.

Donations for this past week dropped off to only three: Anonymous, $50; Customers of the West Brattleboro Post Office, $50, Thanks, Hollie; and Susan Slowinski, MD, $100, Keep the children warm.

Total this week: $200. Total Kids in Coats Fund: $14,363.


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