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Ugly sweaters for a good cause

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Making a deposit or grabbing cash just got a whole lot more colorful at North Country Federal Credit Union.

"It's kind of like Christmas threw up on it," Kimberly Chamberlain said of her sweater.

In every branch, employees are sporting festive knitwear that's, well, pretty ugly.

"It's beautifully hideous," Erin Thompson said.

"My husband is Hawaiian. I had to add some Hawaiian bling to it," Sandy Benoit said.

From lights and garland to gold lame, and... some things that were hard to identify. The gag garments were on almost everyone, from tellers to the IT department. And for customers it was a silly surprise.

"I think the sweaters are awesome. I don't think they're ugly," customer Jim Johnson said.

You know what Jim Johnson? We don't either. Some of these sweaters are actually pretty nice.

Julie Longfellow/North Country Federal Credit Union: I bought the sweater but everything else came afterward.

Reporter Gina Bullard: It's not that ugly, I have to say.

Julie Longfellow: Oh, you're sweet. Thank you.

And this new tradition gets even better; North Country is donating $5 to the Lund Family Center's child adoption program for every atrocious sweater employees wear on Wednesday. The Lund Center provides residential treatment services for pregnant or young moms and their children.

"It just seemed like a fun thing to do at this time of year and draw attention for what we're trying to do for Lund," Longfellow said.

And guess what?! If you've ever worn an ugly holiday sweater-- on purpose or not-- North Country Federal Credit Union will also donate $5 in your honor if you post a picture wearing it on the credit union's Facebook page. That could get expensive, especially if WCAX starts putting up our holiday party pics.

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