MANCHESTER — Jim Kaat’s name might be eternally tied to baseball greatness after his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. After a 25-year career and a Major League-record 17 seasons between World Series appearances, he will always be linked to longevity in the sport.
There is another word, however, that should spring to mind when you hear Jim Kaat’s name: generosity.
Kaat and his wife, Margie, have made a $10,000 donation to Warm the Children, a nonprofit dedicated to providing children in need with new winter clothing.
“We focus on donating to charities that help children in need and have little or no administrative costs,” Kaat said, also on behalf of his wife. “We are grateful that we are able to help.”
Those administrative costs Kaat speaks of are absorbed by local newspapers and service organizations serving as sponsors (of which the Bennington Banner was one of the first), meaning that all donated funds are going directly to children in need.
Founded in 1988 by Mack Stewart, a Torrington, Conn., newspaper editor at the time, Warm the Children started with $20,000 in donations, clothing 249 children in its first year. That number has grown to $800,000 spent on over 10,000 children in 26 cities, according to Warm the Children’s website.
Anyone who wishes to donate to Warm the Children in Bennington County can donate online here, or mail checks payable to Sunrise Family Resource Center (Warm the Children in the memo line), at: Sunrise Family Resource Center, attn: Warm the Children, 244 Union St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Warm the Children is a 501©3 tax-exempt organization.