Kitzmiller Memorial Coat Drive - Back in Person for 2022

Joint News Release

Community National Bank
Rotary Club of Montpelier

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contact: Tracy Roberts
VP & Marketing Director
Community National Bank

Kitzmiller Memorial Coat Drive - Back In Person for 2022

Montpelier, VT - Organizers of The Karen Kitzmiller Memorial Coat Drive are proud to announce the event will take place in person this year, but there will be a name change. The new name for this event will be The Kitzmiller Memorial Coat Drive. This name will honor both the late Representative Karen Kitzmiller who started the event in 1989 and the late Representative Warren Kitzmiller who recently passed on July 10, 2022. After Karen passed away of breast cancer in 2001, Warren, along with many friends and volunteers, continued to hold the coat drive until 2019 when he approached the Rotary Club of Montpelier to take his place and continue the event in partnership with Community National Bank.

The Kitzmiller Memorial Coat Drive distribution date will be Saturday, October 1, 2022. Items will be available for pick up at Montpelier City Hall from 9 am – 2 pm and at Community National Bank’s Barre office from 9:00 am – 12 pm. All items are distributed for free.

To restart this event, we are in urgent need of donations. Items needed for the coat drive include clean and gently used coats, parkas, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, scarves, blankets and quilts, and we are always in great need of children’s wear. Community members wanting to donate can drop off items during banking hours at the Community National Bank office in Montpelier located at 99 State St., or at the Community National Bank Barre office at 316 North Main St. Donations are being accepted now through Friday, September 30.

It’s been a rough couple of years for all of us. Please help us honor the memory of Warren and Karen Kitzmiller by bringing back the Kitzmiller Memorial Coat Drive bigger and better than ever. Your donations of gently used winter items will help keep your neighbors and their families a little warmer this year.