After including an article in our June issue about Tatum’s Totes expanding to the Newport area, plus several press releases in newspapers in that area and some social media posts, lots of positive activity continues to take place. It’s all for the benefit of foster children and youth moving into new homes.
Just a few days after an article appeared in the Barton Chronicle, a women’s church group in Westmore contacted our Derby Line office and were excited to offer their services in providing some of the items needed to fill the backpacks. They just happened to be looking for a worthy project for their group to be involved in and this immediately piqued their interest.
Another call was received from a couple in Newport after they saw a letter to the editor about Tatum’s Totes in the Newport Daily Express. They stated that they often donate to projects that appear to be the kind that will really make a difference in the community. Tatum’s Totes fit that bill for them and they promised to contact GMUW just as soon as their shopping for backpacks and essential items for the backpacks was complete.
Unfortunately, the issue of children being placed in foster homes for one reason or another will probably never go away. GMUW is pleased to help these kids and teens gain a little security in their lives through the Tatum’s Totes Program.
For more information and to see a list of suggested items for the backpacks, please visit www.gmunitedway.org/blog/green-mountain-united-way-leads-tatums-totes-effort/. Or, call any one of our offices at 802-622-8056 in Barre, at 802-745-0101 in St. Johnsbury, or at 802-647-2148 in Derby Line.