To the editor: Thanks to all who made Chester outerwear drive a success

The Eleventh Annual Warm Hands Warm Hearts event on Oct. 19 and 20 was truly a heart warming event. Thousands of donations of warm, gently used items were on display at the Chester Congregational Church in Chester. At least 150 shoppers were able to find coats, hats, scarves, sweaters, vests, socks, boots and more that will help them and their families keep much warmer this winter.

There are many people to thank for this success:

  • Chester Congregational Church parishioners and pastor for sponsoring the event.
  • All the anonymous people who shared their extra coats, etc.
  • All the volunteers who monitored the collection boxes, made deliveries to the church, helped set up the display, worked at the event, and helped clean up after.
  • Darn Tough Vermont for donating socks.
  • Members of the National Honor Society at GMUHS who held a coat drive.
  • Chester-Andover Family Center for storing many of the donations.
  • Members of Unit 67 American Legion Auxiliary and friends who put together snack bags for each shopper and donated items for the snacks.
  • Andover Community Church
  • Chester Rotary Club
  • Chester-Andover Ministerium
  • Lisai’s Market
  • Vermont Country Store
  • Chester Dollar General
  • Springfield Shaw’s Market, and
  • Lee Whiting from Deep River Snacks for donating items for the snack bags.

We are proud to belong to this caring community.

Edie Brown
Carla Rumrill
Pastor Susan Moody
Warm Hands Warm Hearts Committee

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  1. Diane Brown-Steiner says:

    Congratulations to Edie Brown and the people who put this event together. I watch Edie knit mittens ALL YEAR to give away at this event. I am blessed to have a pair of her mittens, some of the best and warmest mittens I’ve ever owned.

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