On January 4, 2017

S.U. gives thanks for donations

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union (BRSU) we would like to offer our sincerest thanks and praises to the organizations that graciously donated gifts and food items to students and families throughout our school district during the holiday season.
Thanks to BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont for their donation of toys and continued donations of food goods not just during the holiday season but all year long. Food baskets were also provided to families by the East Dorset Congregational Church as well as well as the Interfaith Community Project which is organized by Linda Drunsic, and the Community Sharing Project headed by Karen Allen.
BROC also provided a connection with F.W. Webb of Rutland, who is owed a great thanks as their employees generously gave a Rutland County family a Holiday they’ll never forget.
Another generous donor to show our gratitude for is Tatum’s Totes of Rutland. Alex and Elizabeth Grimes started Tatum’s Totes in memory of their son Tatum James Grimes who died suddenly from SIDS in 2013. They have found comfort in keeping his memory alive by giving back in different ways. One of many ways they gave this year was by adopting families to supply with gifts for the holidays. They gave  immensely and truly exemplified the meaning of kindness.
Thanks to you and your volunteers there were over 30 students in our Supervisory Union that enjoyed a happy holiday. Through Tatum’s Totes came a connection to Candace Munson of Head Over Heels gymnastics.
Thanks to Candace and her donors; the Martell family, Carris Reels, Polli Brothers Cutlery Service, and members of the NeoMed Clinic at University of Vermont, Head Over Heels supplied a generous amount of gifts to our families as well as throughout the state.
This holiday season these students and their families may not have expected anything at all, but receive much more than gifts. They received hope and joyful memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for the time and consideration given to the children in the BRSU as well as throughout the state of Vermont.

Billy Canfield, home-school coordinator, Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union

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