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Poultney Chamber’s Stuff-A-Shanty clothing drive in underway

It’s coming up on stuffing season. You know, stuffed animals? Stuff a turkey for Thanksgiving?

Now there’s Stuff-A-Shanty!

The Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce challenges everyone to help fill Loomis Paint and Flooring’s ice fishing shanty with hats, mittens, scarves, and ski masks! These warm items will be donated to those who need them before the worst of the winter weather hits.

This year of Covid-19 has been hard on everyone, but particularly those who are pinched by reduced incomes – and there are a lot of us! Even more particularly it’s been hard on the children.

The Poultney Chamber aims to collect enough cold weather gear to stuff-a-shanty, with cold weather clothing for kids and adults. They want everyone to be warm this winter, whether they are just going outside for a breath of fresh air, playing in the snow, walking to work or school, or taking care of shopping or other errands.

If you knit, crochet, sew, or like to “make things” here’s a project for you! Maybe you have used, but still serviceable, cold weather gear at home you can donate, or just like to shop for others. There are lots of places right in town to get warm clothing and you can donate starting Oct. 15. Organizations are welcome to compete. Who can donate the most?

The Poultney Area Chamber will be collecting the hats, mittens, scarves, blankets, and other similar small pieces of cold weather gear from boxes placed at local businesses, and keep track of how full the ice fishing shanty is getting.

Can they make it by the deadline of Sunday, Nov. 15? Help them stuff-a-shanty and help them help others.

Distribution will begin on Monday, Nov. 16 and will be made through schools, churches, food shelf, senior center, and other similar outlets.

If you’re not listed and would like a donation box in your store, please call Nina Corbin at the Poultney Chamber, at 802-287-2010, or Wendy Cadieux at 802-558-4971.

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