Merchants support Trudy’s Room

As part of the annual Fort Atkinson Holiday Open House and Market on Dec. 7, purchases made at participating retailers supported this year’s Merchants Making a Difference designee, Trudy’s Room. Local residents and visitors shopped Fort Atkinson retail establishments during this event, and in return, the merchants gave back a portion of their sales. A total of $1,142 was donated to assist with the mission of Trudy’s Room, which is dedicated to fostering the well-being of infants and children by distributing donated furniture, clothing, diapers and other basic supplies to families in the Fort Atkinson area who qualify. Located on the third floor of First United Methodist Church in Fort Atkinson, Trudy’s Room invites families to visit up to three times monthly to receive diaper and wipe packages. Named in memory of the late Trudy Tuttle, Trudy’s Room is open on Tuesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to noon. Clean, gently-used items may be left at the church office Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and cash donations always are welcome. Pictured above are, from left to right — Carrie Chisholm, Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce executive director; and Trudy’s Room founders, Becky and Jon Tuttle, Lisa Tuttle Woods and William Woods, and Marianne Bardenwerper. Not pictured are additional Trudy’s Room founders Anne and Jim Wesner, Mary and Earl Humphrey, and Mark Bardenwerper.

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