Warm The Children, a non­profit program sponsored by the Vilas County News-Review with the help of the Eagle River Rotary Foundation, provides new winter clothing to more than 500 eligible children.

Approximately 8,960 children over the past 22 years have received warm winter clothing through the Warm The Children program, according to Toni Ruthven, program coordinator for the News-Review.

Shopping for the program started Saturday, Nov. 2. More than 260 vouchers have been sent out to volunteer shoppers.

“This year, we expect to provide clothing for more than 500 children. We are seeking donations so we can provide for all of them,” said Ruthven.

All donations are used to purchase clothing for the children and the News-Review picks up all administrative costs.

For more information about becoming a shopper or making a donation, call Ruthven at (715) 479-4421.

Donations have now reached the 57.6% mark toward the 2019 goal of $80,000.

In addition to anonymous donors, contributions from the following were received through Nov. 1:

Conover: Thomas and Antoinette Gelb, Bob and Nancy Vogt, Roger and Jane Kerstner, and Diane Johnson.

Eagle River: Robert and Sharon Cech, George and Julieann Wagner, Greg and Sue Herfindahl, Schilleman Bus Service, Pete and Pinky DeLoye, Geo and Marsha Slivinski, Dan and Alice Kramer, and Chuck and Sally Kemp.

Land O’ Lakes: Clyde and Betty Scott, and Ely Memorial Church.

Sayner/Star Lake: Debbie Seeger.

St. Germain: Rick and Ruth Steinke, Webb and Georgie Southwick, and Dennis and Carol Seaman.

Three Lakes: Jer and Del Gries, in memory of son, John Eichnann; Claudia Wittmann; and Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary.

Other Wisconsin cities: Richard Auchter, Neenah; Nancy Thorn, Rhinelander; Judy Olson Murphy, Neenah; John and Betty Borree, Kaukauna; and Dennis and Ginny Buschke, Appleton.

Other states: Jeanne and Dan O’Neil, Stuart, Fla.; Holly and Dave McQuestion, Lake Zurich, Ill.; Christopher and Lois Curran, Indian Head Park, Ill.; Robert Besser, Homewood, Ill.; and Roy and Dorothy Halvorsen, Mt. Prospect, Ill.