Coat Campaign Launched to Fill Need, 2021 Kitzmiller Coat Drive Cancelled

Joint News Release

Community National Bank
Montpelier Rotary Club

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contact: Tracy Roberts
VP & Marketing Director
Community National Bank


September 23, 2021


Coat Campaign Launched to Fill Need, 2021 Kitzmiller Coat Drive Cancelled

Montpelier, VT— Organizers of the Karen Kitzmiller Memorial Coat Drive have decided not to hold a traditional coat drive once again for 2021 due to continued COVID concerns.

For 30 years, the coat drive started by the late Karen Kitzmiller, has helped provide thousands of community members and their families with warm gear for the winter. Historically, the need for winter items has been great. This year will be no different. To honor Karen’s commitment to provide warm outerwear for winter, the Montpelier Rotary Club has, for the second year, initiated a “Coat Campaign” to collect monetary donations from local businesses and community members. The money will be used to purchase coats and other winter items. The items purchased will be distributed through several local civic organizations that have first-hand knowledge of people and families who could use a helping hand to get ready for cold weather. If you or someone that you know needs a coat and other warm items, please call the The Salvation Army, Barre, Vermont at 1-802-476-5301 for assistance.

In most recent years, Community National Bank has been a partner helping to organize and facilitate the Kitzmiller Coat Drive. Since the coat drive is not happening, Community National Bank has committed to a significant donation to help launch the kickoff of the Montpelier Rotary Club’s “Coat Campaign” in hopes others will donate so that many of the families in our communities are warm this winter. Businesses and community members wishing to make a monetary donation can please make checks payable to Montpelier Rotary Foundation, a 501c3 organization, with “Coat Campaign” written in the memo line and mail the checks to Montpelier Rotary, PO Box 441, Montpelier, VT 05601. Payments can also be made through Venmo using @Montpelier-Rotary and should also include “Coat Campaign” in the memo.