Holiday Giving

Gifts that keep on giving!

COTS cd Harmonies for Humanity Vol. 1COTS CD: Harmonies for Humanity Vol. 1

All proceeds from downloads and purchases of the CD go directly to COTS. To order hard copies, email Becky at or call (802) 540-3084, Ext. 204. Learn more about this great project made possible by the generosity of talented local artists!

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A donation to COTS in the name of a friend, relative or co-worker is a wonderful gift for the holidays. Make a minimum $10 donation to COTS in someone’s name, and we’ll send the recipient a beautiful Katharine Montstream holiday card.

COTS adds the following message: “A generous donation has been made to the Committee on Temporary Shelter in your name (donor’s name inserted). This gift of warmth and shelter will help families and indviduals who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness make it through the harsh winter months. Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year.”

Request for these cards may be made via phone (540-3084, Ext. 207) or via email to



In 2007, COTS teamed up with Flashbags, the Burlington totebag and accessory company. COTS’ original bag featured general doorknob images. When it was time for an update, we decided to keep the doorknob theme – but this time – the doorknobs would tell another story about COTS.

We recruited Burlington commercial photographer and artist Dok Wright, who donated his time to capture the doorknobs (and accoutrements) at the Main Street Family Shelter. Then Flashbag owner Laura Cheney created a truly unique COTS collage with Dok’s photographs.

The Main Street Family Shelter in Burlington is an historic building that once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. The facility now provides shelter for 10 families. COTS family shelters are currently full, with a waiting list.

For orders placed directly through COTS, we receive 50 percent of the proceeds. To order, email Becky at or call (802) 540-3084, Ext. 204.


What’s available:

• Medium bag (11” X 9” X 4.5”): $39

• Large bag (15” X 11” X 4.5”): $49

• Placemats (set of 4): $32

• Mini-wallet: $12

• Checkbook: $18

Samples of all products are available to view at the COTS office: 95 North Ave.




COTS has partnered with Sugarsnap, a catering and retail food business co-owned by Abbey Duke and Rob Smart, for “Cookies for COTS: Cookies for good.” Sales of the cookies directly benefits COTS: 35 cents from the sale of each $1 cookie goes to support COTS. The cookies are available for purchase at Sugarsnap (see locations below), or through order from Sugarsnap for holiday gifts or office parties.

The cookies, featuring local ingredients from Cabot, King Arthur and Vermont eggs, include:

• Bittersweet Orange Chocolate

• Blueberry Oatmeal Lemon

• Coconut Cardamom with Black Sesame

• Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond

• Ginger Molasses Snaps

• Java Hazelnut

• Lemon Poppyseed

• Chocolate Chip


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Sugarsnap locations:

• One College St., Burlington, VT 05401; (877) 324-6386

• 505 Riverside Ave., Burlington, VT 05401-1407; (802) 652-2718

• 30 Community Drive (West), South Burlington, VT 05403; (802) 861-2718