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Dec. 9, 2010

Blanket drive begins at NEFCU

New England Federal Credit Union is collecting new or quality used blankets during December to help Vermonters in need.

NEFCU’s Blankets of Hope Drive has distributed more than 1,500 blankets since it began 12 years ago. The blankets are given to local organizations, including the Committee on Temporary Shelter, or COTS, Women Helping Battered Women and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.

“Home heating will be a challenge once again this year,” noted Cindy Morgan, NEFCU’s Marketing Manager. “Our goal, and Gadue’s, is to provide needed warmth and hope to our fellow Vermonters.”

The blankets will be cleaned and packaged for free by Gadue’s Dry Cleaning.

Blankets can be brought to the collection barrels at any NEFCU location. For more information, call 879-8790.

Holiday traditions at Maple Tree Place

Williston residents can help families in need — and give their own wish lists to Santa — at Maple Tree Place this year.

Residents can choose a wish envelope from one of the trees at participating merchant locations, purchase a gift card and return it by Dec. 18. All donations benefit The Lund Family Center.

Santa will also visit Maple Tree Place every Saturday in December, giving horse carriage rides and hearing wish lists from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.shopmtp.com.

Stay safe at snowy bus stops

Chittenden County Transportation Authority is offering winter-weather safety tips to its bus riders as the snow piles up.

Riders should not attempt to climb over snow banks at local bus stops. The CCTA recommends that riders walk to the nearest driveway and wave to the bus driver.

If the weather is bad, check www.cctaride.org or call 864-2292 to see if the bus is on time.