Warm The Children (WTC), a nationally recognized and highly awarded program which provides winter clothing to needy children in Vilas County as well as children in Three Lakes and Sugar Camp in Oneida County, has concluded its 2018 season.

“We had a successful season this year being able to purchase clothes for 591 area children,” said Jacki Risjord, program coordinator.

“Thank you to all our generous donors who made it possible to help so many children and families through difficult times. I wish the need was not there, but it is and we have all made a difference. Thank you,” Risjord added.

Donations to the Vilas County News-Review’s WTC program have met the 2018 fundraising goal of $80,000, according to Publisher Kurt Krueger.

WTC operates under the auspices of the Eagle River Rotary Foundation as a 501(c)(3) organization. 

Tax-deductible donations may be made year-round and will be applied toward next year’s program, allowing program volunteers to send children shopping as soon as the cold weather begins next fall.

Donations may be mailed to: Vilas County News-Review, P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521, or dropped off at the News-Review office at 425 W. Mill St. in Eagle River.

In addition to ­a­no­nymous donors, donations were re­ceived Dec. 22 through Dec. 28 from residents of the following communities:

Eagle River: Anonymous, Tim Morley, Kathryn Reed, and Mark and Sharon Weinand;

St. Germain: Audrey Lehner, and Robert and Marilyn Workinger in honor of Sandra Ristow;

Three Lakes: Sherri and Isabella Gloede; and

Other states: Joel and Liz Stephenson, Palm Harbor, Fla.