Warm The Children (WTC), a program which provides winter clothing to qualified families and sponsored by the Vilas County News-Review, is ready to receive applications, announced WTC program coordinator Toni Ruthven.

“We’ve already received a request for an application which can be found in the News-Review and North Woods Trader publications, and in the front entry of the News-Review building,” Ruthven said.

In regards to volunteer shoppers, Ruthven said she is excited about the coming season.

“The calls have been made and though some messages were left on answering machines, as of now, we have half of our shoppers returning. We also received a request from someone who wants to join the program this 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.”

Donations are starting to trickle in and WTC has reached 45% of its fundraising 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,” she said.

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

Donations can be made in memory of or in honor of. 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 drop off at the News-Review office, located at 425 W. Mill St. in Eagle River. Online donations can be made at vcnewsreview.com on the home page.

In addition to many anonymous donors, donations received as of Oct. 8 include:

Land O’ Lakes: St. Albert Parish in memory of Richard Schwall, his mother Catherine Schwall and his aunt Pauline H. Schultz.

Other Wisconsin cities: For Dale and Debbie Buss by Mary Buss, Oconomowoc; in loving memory of Richard Hudec by Karen Dawson, Racine; in honor of Shirley Spiess of Eagle River, Madison; Mark Borchardt, Brookfield; and Francis and Faye Hilgart, Sun Prairie.

Other states: In honor of Brinton and Gunder D’hondt by Christine D’hondt, Chicago, Ill.; and Joel and Elizabeth Stephenson, Palm Harbor, Fla.