#172vt Backpack Stuffing Event This THURSDAY 8/20

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Through the month of August, the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is proud to host the #172vt Back-to-School Drive through partnerships with KeyBank, Kinney Drugs, Staples, WCAX, and Star 92.9.

The goal: Collect supplies to stuff 172 backpacks for children in need in our community. COTS, the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, the Sara Holbrook Center, and the King Street Center will distribute the backpacks.

In March of this year, COTS launched its #172vt campaign to raise awareness about the 172 homeless children in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. In an extension of its #172vt awareness campaign, the #172vt Back-to-School Drive is a community-driven to further support these children and their families as the academic year draws closer.

Through Aug. 31, participating KeyBank, Kinney Drugs, and Staples locations are accepting donations of school supplies. KeyBank donated the backpacks, and the community has rallied to fill each and every child’s backpack with enough supplies to prepare them for the upcoming school year.

To distribute these materials, COTS will host a backpack stuffing event from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at COTS’ office at 95 North Ave. COTS staff, volunteers and community partners will be coming together to get students ready for the upcoming school year. COTS and our community partners will be there to thank the community and share the importance of this effort.

No child should be unable to participate fully in the classroom due to circumstances outside of their control. COTS and its partners are determined to relieve some of this burden. “At KeyBank, we are committed to contributing to the health of our local communities, and the #172vt Back-to-School program is another way to show our customers that we care, while engaging them in our efforts to support local children,” said Brigitte Ritchie, Director of Community Relations at KeyBank in Vermont. “Every child deserves to have the best chance for success in the classroom.”

Even a gift as small as a pack of pencils can further the interests of local youth; a donation to a child in need is an investment not only in their future, but in the community’s future as well.

For more information and ideas for how to get involved, visit www.cotsonline.org or call Becky Holt (Ext. 204) or Lori Goldman (Ext. 207) at (802) 864-7402. We thank you for your support.

The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is the largest service provider for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Vermont. COTS provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. COTS advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness.

KeyCorp traces its roots back more than 180 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key had assets of approximately $94.2 billion at March 31, 2015. The Vermont Market stretches from Brattleboro to Burlington, and has 12 branches, 16 ATMs and approximately 100 employees. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals, small and midsize businesses in 12 states under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

Kinney Drugs strives to provide the highest quality pharmacy, health, and retail services at fair and competitive prices in our communities; to serve and satisfy the needs of our customers; to be responsive to the needs and goals of our employees; to manage our company’s resources to insure a fair and equitable return on investment for our stockholders; and to plan and provide for the continued growth of Kinney Drugs.

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in store, online or on mobile devices. At Staples, we believe a large part of who we are as a company is tied to our commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen. This holistic approach to business is rooted in our desire to make a positive impact on our associates, communities and the planet.

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