Donate to United Way Kids in Coats Fund

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BRATTLEBORO — The winter chill is upon us and United Way of Windham County is supporting families with warm winter outerwear through its Kids in Coats Fund. United Way is hoping to raise $40,000 for the 2019 winter season.

Total donations for this fundraising season so far (Nov. 1 until Dec. 4) is $3,740.

The fund was created after the Reformer Christmas Stocking ceased operations in the fall of 2015.

In its third year, UWWC received 265 applications for more than 600 eligible children in Windham County for the Kids in Coats program. Families apply September through mid-October via their human service provider or the child's school. UWWC distributed $35,050 worth of vouchers this year, which served 473 children age 0 - 6th grade with Kids in Coats vouchers ranging from $50 to $100 that are valid at participating local thrift and retail stores.

Ten local stores are partnering with United Way to accept the vouchers. They include Experienced Goods Thrift Shop, Love It Twice, Whippersnappers, SEVCA Good Buy Thrift Store, Second Chance Shoppe, West Townshend Country Store Thrift Store, Twice Blessed, Busy Bees, Northeast Mountain Footwear, Label Shopper and Sam's Outdoor Outfitters.

As in years past, donor messages will be printed in the Brattleboro Reformer and posted on the UWWC website. Donations received this week came from:

Jeffrey Buzby - $50, in memory of Patty Buzby

The O'Connor Family - $250, remembering Tim O'Connor

Mark, Liz, and Annie Richards - $250

There also were anonymous donations in the following amounts: $50, $25, $100, $400, $1,000, $200, $200, $50, $25.

To donate to the Kids in Coats Fund, visit www.unitedwaywindham.org/kidsincoats; text "snowy" to 313131; mail a check to United Way of Windham County, PO Box 617,Brattleboro, VT 05302 with Kids in Coats in the memo line; or drop a donation off during business hours at the United Way office at 1 Holstein Place in Brattleboro.

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