Donations to Warm The Children (WTC), a program sponsored by the Vilas County News-Review that provides winter clothing to qualified families, have been steadily coming in. 

Approximately 92% of the fundraising goal of $80,000 has been met at this time, according to program coordinator Toni Ruthven.

“To date, we have been able to send approximately 226 children shopping,” she said. 

According to Ruthven, applications are still coming in and shopping will continue until about mid-December.

“We rely on our donors to make sure we meet our goal,” added Ruthven. “The generosity of our community is amazing, especially with the pandemic. Because of COVID-19, a lot of area organizations that have donated in the past, including our Lions Clubs, were unable to this year due to the fact that they could not hold their annual fundraisers.

“Because of generous individuals, businesses and churches, despite this pandemic, we are able to provide winter clothing for our local children who are in need. Living in the North Woods, warm clothing is a necessity,” stated Ruthven.

Donations can be made in honor of someone special to the donor or in memory of loved ones.

Monetary donations are tax-deductible and are under the auspices of the Eagle River Rotary Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity.

Donations may be dropped off at the News-Review office, located at 425 W. Mill St. in Eagle River or mailed to P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521. Checks can be made out to “Warm The Children.”

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

Community donations

In addition to many anonymous donors, donations were received as of Nov. 13 from residents in the following communities:

Conover: John and Shirley Priefer, and Tom Gelb.

Eagle River: Steve and Anita Laking; Nancy Rich­ter and Jo Daniel, in memory of Mary Lou Haver­kampf; Beverly Hart; and Robert Sambs.

Land O’ Lakes: Ron and Jeri Miller.

St. Germain: Bob and Chris Frenz.

Sugar Camp: Carol Dart.

Three Lakes: Isabella, Sherri and Denis Gloede.

Other Wisconsin cit­ies: Tony and Kathy Mattson, Mt. Pleasant; and Amy and Chad Steger, West Bend.

Other states: Tom and Jean Peterson, St. Charles, Ill.; Judy and Bill Pietrowicz, Wilmette, Ill.; Jacob Mattson, Maple Grove, Minn.; and Joseph Mattson, Maple Grove, Minn.