Holiday Giving

Gifts that keep on giving!


Made in Burlington, Vermont, COTS has collaborated with AO Glass to make one-of-a-kind suncatchers/ornaments. These beautiful decorations display the COTS logo, and are packaged beautifully in a small drawstring bag (no charge) or a beautiful box with the COTS logo on the outside for a donation of your choice. 15027845_10154115264121687_82536394140761097_n


COTS has partnered with Sugarsnap, a catering and farm-to-table business, for “Cookies for COTS: Cookies for good.” This is a “bake sale every day for COTS” — 35 cents from every $1 cookie sold is donated to COTS.

The cookies are available to purchase through Sugarsnap (see location below), or through orders from Sugarsnap for holiday gifts or office parties.The cookies feature local ingredients from Cabot Creamery Co-op, King Arthur and Vermont eggs. The cookies available are:

  • 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

Sugarsnap location:

  • 30 Community Drive, South Burlington: (802) 861-2951



Katharine 2017 cardCOTS 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 through Sian Leach at or at (802-864-7402, Ext. 207).

COTS 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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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.


Items are in short supply. Current Availability:

  • Medium bag (11” X 9” X 4.5”): $49
  • Large bag (15” X 11” X 4.5”): $59
  • Placemats (set of 4): $32
  • Mini-wallet: $16
  • Checkbook: $18 sold out!

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

To order, fill out this order form, email Becky at or call (802) 864-7402, Ext. 204.