United Way of Windham County: Kids in Coats gets multiple early donations

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 $50,000 for the 2018 winter season.

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

This year, UWWC received applications for more than 670 children through nearly 40 referral sources, such as schools, health and human service organizations, and state offices.

Ten local stores are participating in Kids in Coats this year, accepting the $75 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, 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 year come from: Judith and Jack — To celebrate Pete Davidson's life, 75; Bob and Shirley, Merry Christmas , $30; Mary Piluski , to all the children who need warm coats. Happy Holidays, $15; In memory of Clarence and Cynthia Fairchild, $50; Susan James, $75; Kathy Nagy, wishing every child a warm, cozy and blessed holiday season, $250; Warmest holiday wishes to all, $75; Catherine Ullman, $25; Marilyn and Tom; stay warm, $75; Ellie Weiss, $25; In memory of Richard Munzing and Sara Enzer, $75; In memory of Betty Webster who cared about kids, $50; Rebecca Catarelli, $25; Wishing all kids warmth and peace, $75; Tiea Zehnbauer, $75; Roxane and Michael Lacroix, $100; Ruben Ray Garza, $50; Stop & Go Instant Oil Change LLC, $150; Brattleboro Portable Storage, $150; In honor of Neil Taylor, $50; Annie Suquet and Patrick Moran, in memory of Robert Moran, Ren Suquet and Marie-Louise Suquet, $60; Jane Hurley, in loving memory of Ed Hurley, $50; and Ben Underhill, to all my friends, thank you, $50.

Anonymous donations received in the amounts of $100, $500, $75, $500, $75, $50, $200, $50, $50, $50, $50, $25, $75, $25, $25, $50, $50, $100, $75, $100, $150, $50, $50, $25 and $25.

United Way also hosted an event at the 99 Restaurant, which included a 50/50 raffle. $127 worth of raffle tickets were sold and Tracy Martyn won, but he decided to donate his half of the winnings, $63.50, to Kids in Coats.

Total donations at this point are $5,925.25 towards the overall goal of $50,000. United Way was also able to serve 79 out of 100 kids for its #givingtuesday goal, but there may still be checks in the mail coming in so it could go up.

To donate to the Kids in Coats Fund, visit www.unitedwaywindham.org; text "snowy" to 41444; mail a check to United Way of Windham County, PO Box 617,Brattleboro, VT 05302 with KIC 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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