The Vermont Country Store employees donated Christmas gifts for 15 families through Bennington County Headstart. Pictured, from left, Melanie Johnson of The Vermont Country Store; Beth Wallace, Family Services Manager for Bennington County Headstart; Corinne Lyons, Family Services for Headstart; and Kelly Roemmelt, Northshire Early Education Coordinator for Headstart.
By Darren Marcy, Manchester Journal
MANCHESTER — Employees at The Vermont Country Store made sure 15 families in Bennington County were able to celebrate Christmas thanks to donations of toys, clothes and gift cards.
Families with two to four kids per family likely wouldn’t have had anything under the tree without those gifts, said Beth Wallace, Family Services Manager for Bennington County Headstart.
“These are families that wouldn’t have had Christmas,” Wallace said. “It’s such a stressful time of year. It’s just awesome to be able to give them that.”
The families received clothing, toys, even a car seat.
Cards listing what each family hoped Santa would bring them and those cards were pulled from a giving tree in the lobby of the company’s Manchester headquarters.
“The cards go quickly,” said Community Relations Manager Ann Warrell. “It’s a project we really enjoy.”
Despite the fact that Christmas is an extremely busy time for The Vermont Country Store, employees still found time to pull a card and go shopping for the annual event, Warrell said.
“It says a lot about them that they want to do this,” Warrell said.
In addition to the gifts, the company tallied the receipts for all the gifts and matched that total, presenting all 15 families with $150 gift cards.
The gifts filled several large bins, which representatives from Headstart picked up to deliver to the families, who had no idea Santa was about to ring their doorbell.
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