The Mountain Times

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Letter to the Editor 1.26

Dear Editor,

Forty years ago at Christmas time, a little boy wrote a letter to "Letters to Santa" on WSYB, asking for help, because his younger brother needed a blanket and a pair of boots. The window in their bedroom was broken and they had stuffed cardboard over it to stay warm. And his family couldn't afford them. A collection was taken up to buy those boots and that was the beginning of the WSYB Christmas Fund. Since that Christmas, the Christmas Fund has raised well over a million dollars to help those less fortunate during the holiday season.

Because of the unending generosity of the Rutland community, the Christmas Fund has provided gifts each year for struggling families and children who, without your help, would have had nothing at all.

On behalf of the WSYB Christmas Fund Board of Directors, volunteers and staff at Catamount Radio, thank you. This year, the Christmas Fund collected more than $43,000 in contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations and brought the joy of Christmas to more than 700 people in Rutland County!

It's important to know that every single penny donated to the Christmas Fund goes right back out to help our neighbors in need. No one gets paid and there are no administrative costs. Catamount Radio covers all the stationery, postage and fundraising expenses.

We also want to thank our partners at Walmart, Sanborn Associates accounting firm, the social service agencies, schools and churches who provide us with the names of families, and all the people who volunteered their time to make the WSYB Christmas a huge success this year.

~ Laura Vien, Volunteer Administrator, WSYB Christmas Fund

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