Spartan raising funds to provide a better Christmas for area children in need

Children at the Vermont Achievement Center in Rutland open gifts purchased through the 2022 fundraiser sponsored by students from the Castleton Spartan student newspaper.

Since 2015, Vermont State University at Castleton students, under the guidance Communications professor David Blow, have raised more than $10,000 during the Christmas holiday season to provide necessities and toys for area children in need. The students raise the money, shop with Blow to buy the gifts that the children’s parents said they need or want, then wrap the gifts and deliver them. Recipients have included individual families in Castleton, a food pantry (during COVID), children of at-risk teen mothers, children and women in a Rutland domestic violence shelter and for children at the Vermont Achievement Center, where Castleton students and Blow have hosted holiday parties for them and handed out the gifts and snacks. The 2023 campaign will again benefit kids at VAC, chosen by staff there. Please help if you can by using this link.


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