WSYB Christmas Fund thanks the community

Dear Editor,

The WSYB Christmas Fund has been a Christmas tradition for families in the Rutland area for 44 years. For many, it wouldn’t be Christmas without sharing their good fortune and giving a donation to the Christmas Fund. Since that first Christmas, the Christmas Fund has raised well over a million dollars from small and large donations to help our less fortunate neighbors during the holiday season.

The board of directors, volunteers and staff at Catamount Radio extend our thanks and appreciation to all who supported this year’s 2015 WSYB Christmas Fund. Because of the unending generosity of the Rutland community, the Christmas Fund collected more than $36,000 in contributions this season from individuals, businesses, school groups and organizations, and brought the joy of Christmas to more than 500 people in Rutland County! Struggling families and children who would have had nothing to open on Christmas morning had gifts because of what you gave to the Christmas Fund.

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 expenses.

Special thanks go out to Seward’s Family Restaurant, Ted’s Pizza, Ponderosa Restaurant and Brix Wine for hosting WSYB’s broadcast on behalf of the Christmas Fund.

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 another huge success in giving back to our neighbors this year.

On behalf of our volunteers and staff at Catamount Radio and all who benefited from your kindness and giving hearts, thank you.

Brian Collamore, president WSYB Christmas Fund, Rutland

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