BENNINGTON -- A local artist will donate a percentage of his profits from an upcoming art show to the Warm the Children program.
Artist Bob Mould is self-employed and a client of United Counseling Services' Development Services Employment Program.
Since Mould is unable to speak, his job coach, Erica Burdick, announced his contribution Friday before the Bennington Rotary Club. Burdick explained that what drives Mould's work isn't money, but his passion and love for his craft. That sparked his decision to donate 25 percent of the profits from his Nov. 8 show and silent auction to the annual program.
Organized by the Bennington Banner and the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, Warm the Children has provided needy children ages 4 to 14 with warm winter clothing since 1997.
With contributions from donors, as many children as possible are given $100 to spend on clothing at JC Penney with help from volunteer shoppers. According to Bennington Banner Controller Cathy Vosburgh, the number of children chosen to participate depends on the donations from the community.
"In past years, we've had up to 300 kids," she said, explaining that the shopping is set to begin next week and will run through December.
Those wishing to donate to the Warm the Children program may drop off contributions to the Bennington Banner offices, located at 425 Main St.
Prospective volunteer shoppers can call Lisa Shea at Hanson-Walbridge for more information.
Mould's show will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Old First Church Barn on Monument Circle in Old Bennington.
The minimum bid for the silent auction is $20. Cash and checks will be accepted and refreshments will be served.
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