CVPS rights wrong of holiday grinches

first_imgSt. ALBANS, VT – The work of some holiday grinches was undone today, as Central Vermont Public service donated $10,000 to replace holiday gifts – destroyed by vandals – gifts intended for low-income children.An estimated $20,000 in toys were destroyed in late October, as vandals broke into the former Fonda Container building and discharged fire extinguishers onto the gifts. The Marine Corps League had been storing toys at the former Fonda plant that had been collected throughout Franklin and Chittenden counties, and were destined for families in both of those counties through the Toys for Kids Program.The news hit the St. Albans Messenger Nov. 6, and CVPS employees began to discuss how the company might be able to help. Within days, the company offered a $10,000 donation.”I was just overwhelmed with emotion when I received the call from CVPS,” said Terri O’Shea, interim director of Franklin-Grand Isle United Way, which runs Operation Happiness, which distributes Christmas toys in the region. “They felt so badly for the children who would be affected by the terrible destruction and wanted to make Christmas a little happier for the children and their families. Needless to say, we are delighted by their generosity.”Marilyn Billings, Operation Happiness chairwoman, said she was amazed when she heard of the donation.”We are so grateful for the response to what could have been a devastating set-back for the children and families in all three counties,” Billings said. “It’s amazing and heartwarming. There is great need in our community this year, but the community’s generosity is even greater.”Bob Young, president and CEO of Central Vermont Public Service, said employees take the words “public service” in the company name to heart.”We are strongly committed to supporting the communities in our service territory, and we understand the importance of helping one another in all types of emergencies,” Young said. “When we heard what happened, since we were in a position to help, there was no doubt that we should do something to right the wrong that occurred.”Though the CVPS donation covered only half of the toys there were destroyed, thousands of dollars in toys have been collected thanks to efforts of the St. Albans Messenger and other local businesses and groups.”Vermonters tend to pull together when the chips are down, and this is one more example of that,” CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.last_img

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