Donations to Warm The Children, a program sponsored by the Vilas County News-Review under the auspices of the Eagle River Rotary Foundation to provide winter clothing for children in need, have now reached 78% toward the 2021 fundraising goal of $80,000, according to program coordinator Toni Ruthven.

“We have sent out vouchers for approximately 336 children this year,” said Ruthven. “Shopping will end mid-December and applications are still being accepted at the News-Review.”

Applications are available in the front lobby of the News-Review office, located at 425 W. Mill St. in Eagle River.

The program currently is operating with 50 volunteer shoppers, but new shoppers are always needed, Ruthven said. At least five new shoppers have been added this year.

All donations are used to purchase clothing for the children and the News-Review picks up all administrative costs. Monetary donations are tax-deductible. Shopping is taking place at Glik’s in Eagle River and Northland Clothing Co. in Three Lakes.

“Every donation, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made in memory of or in honor of loved ones,” said Ruthven.

For more information, call Ruthven at (715) 479-4421.

Checks can be made out to “Warm The Children” and mailed to the Vilas County News-Review, P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521 or dropped off at the News-Review office. Online donations can be made at vcnewsreview.com on the home page.

In addition to many anonymous donors, donations were received as of Nov. 19 from residents in the following communities:

Arbor Vitae: Peace Lutheran Church Women.

Eagle River: Roger and Janis Gerds, Ron Adamovich, Pete and Pinky DeLoye, the Lee Krajewski family, American Legion Post 114, Eagle River Light and Water Department, Marilyn Preisler, Frank and Virginia Schmidt, Gene and Janet Yahr, and Barb and Jim Kohlmetz.

Land O’ Lakes: Hope Lutheran Church, and Rod and Myrtle Sharka.

Phelps: Phelps-Land O’ Lakes Lions Club.

St. Germain: Bob and Chris Frenz, Barbara Steinhilber, and St. Germain Women’s Service Club.

Other Wisconsin cities: Bob and Judy Petersen, Appleton; and Paul and Bev Esser, Marshfield.

Other states: Joel and Liz Stephenson, Palm Harbor, Fla.; Peg Norcross, Joliet, Ill.; John and Lauralee Martin, Watersmeet, Mich.; and Joe Lesnik, Champlin, Minn.