Newport, Vermont – December 8, 2016 – Newport’s business community came together in a huge way to support our region’s foster children. Edward Jones Financial Advisor Karen Ward, who is also Green Mountain United Way’s 2016-17 Campaign Chairperson, and Community National Bank’s regional office and branches held item drives for Green Mountain United Way’s Tatum’s Totes partnership with DCF offices throughout October and November collecting items for Green Mountain United Way’s Tatum’s Totes backpacks. GMUW’s Tatum’s Totes program provides backpacks filled with items for children transition into emergency foster custody with Vermont Department for Children and Families in the Barre and Newport regions of Green Mountain United Way’s service area.
Items donated through this backpack drive include toys, blankets, socks, diaper bags, backpack, water bottles, books and hygiene items like hair brushes and tooth brushes, as well as school supplies. These items will be used throughout the year to pack backpacks for children of all ages as they transition into their new homes.
“Every day children enter foster care with absolutely nothing or little to nothing. These children deserve more than that. The plan is to help make this transition as easy as possible for them. Backpack drives like this do so much to help us continue this amazing program for the children and families in our Barre and Newport DCF regions,” says Pam Bailey, Director of Operations at Green Mountain United Way who coordinates the Tatum’s Totes programs in Barre and Newport.
Over 70 new items were donated through this backpack drive.
For an updated list of items that our Tatum’s Totes program currently needs, please see our regularly updated list.
Green Mountain United Way’s Tatum’s Totes program is a partnership between Green Mountain United Way and Tatum’s Totes 501(c)3 organization in Rutland.