GMUW’s Tatum’s Totes Program Benefits from the Monday Girls

Recently, the Monday Girls, a group of the North Country Quilters in Orleans County, heard about the Tatum’s Totes Program for foster children and were impressed with its mission.  They immediately decided to donate some quilts for children moving into foster care.

Tatum’s Totes is a statewide program that provides backpacks of essential items for foster children and teens who many times arrive at foster homes with just the clothes on their backs.  The backpacks are filled with age and gender appropriate items such as basic clothing, hygiene items, a fuzzy blanket and stuffed animal, activity and reading books and a game.

In its five-county service area, Green Mountain United Way is the coordinator of this program and collaborates with the State of Vermont’s Dept. for Children and Families (DCF) to make sure they have the necessary backpacks needed.

Betsy McDonald of Derby Line, a member of the Monday Girls, earlier this month presented 13 beautiful handmade quilts to Tammy Lalime, Resource Coordinator for the Newport DCF office, to be given to foster kids.

For more information about the Tatum’s Totes Program and to see a list of items needed to fill backpacks, please visit or email any one of the GMUW offices in central Vermont at, in St. Johnsbury at, or in Derby Line at



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