Donations to Warm The Children (WTC), a program to provide winter clothing to qualified families and sponsored by the Vilas County News-Review, have picked up and are coming in daily, according to WTC Program Coordinator Toni Ruthven.

“I think now that people know the program is continuing this year, they’re stepping up and continuing their support,” said Ruthven. “We are already up to 40% of our goal.” 

Ruthven also said that every cent received goes to purchase warm winter clothing for area children. “The News-Review picks up all administrative fees, and every donation, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated,” said Ruthven.

In regards to volunteer shoppers, the count is up to two new shoppers.

“I also received a message from two shoppers who were new last year. They’re back again this year and not only are they revving to go, they’ve asked to shop for more children than they did last year,” she said. “Our shoppers truly are amazing and we appreciate each and every one of them. They are an important part of this program.”

For more information about the program or to become a volunteer shopper, call Ruthven at (715) 479-4421.

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.”

In addition to many anonymous donors, donations received as of Oct. 9 include:

In memory of Donald Nell; and in memory of Elaine Storzer from friends.

Arbor Vitae: Paul Konicek.

Conover: Roger and Audrey Flaherty; Joan Green; The Great Northern Jerk-Off, in memory of Nancy Ruffalo; and Ray and Clara Scharpf, in memory of Marie Walter.

Eagle River: Christine Brunner; Allan Geiger; John and Sue Younker; Ken and Marty Turner, also of Marinette; and Beverly Killick. 

Land O’ Lakes: Wes and Cindy Geib.

Minocqua: Mary Prendergast.

Rhinelander: Northwoods United Way.

Other Wisconsin cities: Paul and Linda Koch, De Pere; Carl Truss, Mosinee; and Richard Auchter, Neenah.

Other states: Margaret Norcross, Joliet, Ill.; and in honor/memory of Natalie Stewart, Patricia and Ted Bruno, Houston, Texas.