Stewart's raises record $1.89 million in Holiday Match

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The 2017 Holiday Match program has raised $1.89 million for local children's organizations, setting a record for the fourth consecutive season. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, Stewart's customers donated $945,000 to the program, which is a $19,000 increase over last season. Each individual donation is matched penny for penny by Stewart's Shops. There are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the funds benefit local, non-profit children's organizations.

"This program is proof that your small change can really add up, and make a big impact on local kids," Stewart's Shops president Gary Dake said. "Teaming up with our customers to support our communities is just another reason why we say, we are closer to you."

"The success of the Holiday Match program continues with the hard work of our shop partners and the generosity of our customers," said Susan Dake, the president of Stewart's Foundation. "Together we will help thousands of children with organizations that will support children year-round."

The program has raised nearly $26 million to date.

Children's charities can apply for funding from the Holiday Match program through Jan. 31, 2018. Organizations can easily fill out an online application at stewartsshops.com or pick up a paper application at any shop. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization. A brochure listing charities that received Holiday Match funding last year is available at stewartsshops.com. Funds will be allocated in March.

More than 1,700 children's organizations received Holiday Match funding from the 2016 campaign. Among them were 22 Bennington County organizations: Arlington Area Childcare, Arlington Community Club, Arlington Food Shelf, Battenkill Valley Health Center, Bennington County Child Advocacy Center, Bennington County Regional Commission-ACT, Bennington Early Childhood Center, Center for Retorative Justice, Dorset Players, Eric Douglas Dettenrieder Memorial Fund, Fisher Elementary School, Harvest Christian Ministries, Head Start of Bennington County, Manchester Community Library, Manchester Health Services, New Direction Pregnancy Center, Northshire Day School, Oak Hill Children's Center, Pownal Food Pantry, Project Against Violent Encounters, Sandgate Methodist Church and Southwestern Vermont Health Care.




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