Donations for the 23rd annual Warm The Children (WTC) program are off to a good start toward this year’s goal to raise more than $80,000.

The money will provide new winter clothing to ap­proximately 600 children in need in Vilas County, and the Three Lakes and Sugar Camp areas in Oneida County.

Program purchases, with the help of volunteer shoppers, will begin Saturday, Nov. 2.

“Because of the ongoing generosity of donors to the program,” said Kurt Krueger, News-Review publisher, “this year we are able to keep the spending limit to $150 for children ages 2 to 17 and $75 for children younger than 2.”

Glik’s has partnered with WTC to give a discount of 25% on nonsale apparel items. Sales tax also will be waived to help stretch the value each child will receive to approximately $180 and $90 for each age group.

LeaAnn Runyon, regional supervisor of Glik’s, commented on Glik’s part in WTC.

“We have participated in the program for many years now and we love it,” said Runyon. “We are thrilled that we can give back to the community through this program. The community response has been great and gets better every year,” Runyon said.

Toni Ruthven, WTC program co-coordinator, is pleased to have the support of the business and the community.

“We are happy to have Glik’s as our resource for high-quality, warm winter clothing for those children in our community who need it most,” said Ruthven.

Donations toward the goal of $80,000 to the WTC fund have now reached 3.4%, according to Ruthven.

Donations can be mailed to the Vilas County News-Review, P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River, WI 54521, or dropped off at the News-Review’s office at 425 W. Mill St. in Eagle River. Online donations can be made at vcnewsreview.com on the home page.