KEESEVILLE - The Champlain Valley Search and Rescue K9 Unit was one of several charities recently awarded money from the annual Stewart's Holiday Match Campaign.
Every holiday season, Stewart's Shops collect and match donations given by the patrons of their stores. Money is then distributed to charities that will use it directly for children 18 years and under. The Champlain Valley K9 Unit qualified for their safety education program called "Hug a Tree" as well as their Junior K9 handler program.
"We feel it is a great honor to be recognized as an organizations worthy enough to receive this donation," said unit team leader Christopher Bresett, one of the Hug A Tree presenters. "It will help a great deal with the development of our junior program as well as being able to provide the hug a tree program to more schools and other organizations."
"It is also special in the fact that the monies came from local patrons of our area, who care enough about their local non-profits to donate to such causes," he added.