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Posted on Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 8:03 a.m.

Top 5 reasons to support Warm the Children before the year ends

By Angela Smith

As we wrap up the 2012 Warm the Children campaign, we find donations are in need of one final boost. Please consider contributing to this worthy cause before the year comes to an end. Here are five reasons to consider doing so:

  1. Your donation goes straight to community families. Warm the Children is a national program whose local efforts are sponsored by With help from area school officials and local social agencies, identifies 3,000, (yes 3,000) needy children in our community and provides their names and contact information to local coordinators. The coordinators make arrangements with local Target stores, and assign volunteer shoppers to take families shopping for their winter clothing. Each child receives approximately $90 worth of new winter clothing.
  2. Your donation covers basic needs and does so with dignity. The families get to select the new warm clothes their children are in need of. “These families and these kids deserve this,” says Cheryl Elliott, president and CEO of Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. “A lot of these families have used or older items, and there is nothing wrong with any child getting something new that fits right. (Warm the Children) tells them they are respected and they are worthy."
  3. Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. The overhead costs associated with managing this effort are covered by Every dime donated is given to the children, and is used toward these charitable efforts. Contributions can be made anonymously, or in recognition of someone. Donations can be collected by a company, group, or individual, and will be gratefully accepted through the end of the year.
  4. Warm the Children is a chance to be active in our community. Looking back on the year, and even looking back on the last week, we're compelled to reach out to our own communities. I love the quote I've seen posted in the last days. It's being attributed to Mr. Rogers: "In times of tragedy, look for the helpers. They are always there." I look forward to opportunities to support the Newtown community in coming weeks, but even today we can help our own communities in so many ways big and small. Warm the Children is one example. Beyond monetary contributions, Warm the Children also seeks out volunteer shoppers.
  5. Warm the Children is short of its goal, and actively seeking donors. This year’s fundraising goal is the same as last year: $250,000. Donations are at a decline, even though need is growing. “For over a decade the community has embraced this program and donated generously. We are still in great need, and there is still time to give,” says Jill Tewsley, an employee and coordinator for Warm the Children. The money collected this year funds next year’s efforts. If this year’s goals are not met, it may impact the number of children who are served in the winter of 2013.
  6. Every donation is accepted with gratitude, and it couldn't be easier to give. You can mail in the form printed in the newspaper, go to the form here, or call the Warm the Children hotline at 734-623-2525. Donations also are accepted at any United Bank and Trust branch in Washtenaw County.

    If your business or organization is looking for a special way to give back to the community this holiday season, consider supporting Warm the Children. We would love to hear about innovative ways local groups raise funds for this worthy cause.


Jim Mulchay

Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 2:32 a.m.

Returns are not allowed (WTC policy) - receipts do not go to the families (or not in my experience at either chain) - in 2012/13 no paperwork (receipt) leaves the store (WTC picks up the receipt from the Target store);


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 9:29 p.m.

I see it's Target only. Meijer bowed out of this worthy program several years ago when within a week they started seeing much of the same items purchsed at the return desk, brought in by the parents. The same thing happened recently with Shop with a Cop. While the register receipts weren't given with the clothing, unfortunately the Cops gave them the Gift Receipt. The following week much of that merchandise began appearing at the return desk. Hopefully Warm the Children doesn't give either of the receipts to the families.


Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 8:07 p.m.

As difficult as it might be for you to admit, dancing, there are unfortunately parents out there who are willing to take advantage of the generosity of good hearted citizens for their own benefit. It is good to see that WTC neither allows returns nor permits the receipts to leave with the purchasers. I suspect this policy was instituted after reports of the clothing being returned in years previous.


Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 2:38 a.m.

Sweeping generalizations anyone?


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 10:11 p.m.

Good point.


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 5:28 p.m.

Working in the schools, we saw an increase in how many families need Warm the Children. This program has helped so many families in Washtenaw County through the generous donations over the years! And I have been privileged to see the faces of these appreciative students and parents who are so fortunate to have these clothing essentials bestowed upon them by the Washtenaw County's giving community.


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

This is an excellent way to donate to a local cause! Thank you! And thank you Warm the Children!


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

Please help if you can!


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 5:04 p.m.

mailed my donation in!

Paula Gardner

Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 3:06 p.m.

Thanks for your support of this program.