GMUW Receives Donations for Tatum’s Totes

GMUW Receives Donations for Tatum’s Totes


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The Tatum’s Totes Program being led by Green Mountain United Way in Washington Co. continues to expand with recent donations received from Beth Daut and Joan Fitzgerald, both of Berlin, and Rachel Rich and friends of Northfield.

     Tatum’s Totes focuses on making life a little easier for children and teens entering foster care by providing them with backpacks filled with personal items that they can call their own.  In many instances, these foster kids have only the clothes on their backs when being moved to a new family.  Having one’s own bag or backpack of personal hygiene items, a fuzzy blanket and stuffed animal, and some books can make a world of difference when entering an unknown home.  Many children’s faces simply light up when receiving their backpack.

Recently, Beth Daut came forth with numerous items for kids of all ages to complete many of these bags.  Joan Fitzgerald has given several beautiful blankets and toddler sippy cups.  Rachel Rich and others in Northfield have provided hand crocheted afghans.

Green Mountain United Way is proud to be leading this Tatum’s Totes effort with the hope of easing the transition of children and teens into new home situations.

For more information about GMUW and how to donate to Tatum’s Totes, call their Barre office at 802-622-8056 or visit


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