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Posted on Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 2:05 p.m.

Warm the Children helps those who cannot help themselves

By Ann Dwyer

One of the most important aspects of Warm the Children is that it helps those who have no choice in how they live.

The children who benefit from the winter clothing provided by Warm the Children cannot help the situation they are in. They depend on their parents to feed them, clothe them and pay the utilities.

It’s not a question of irresponsibility on the parents’ behalf, either. Last year at this time, a study showed that while income was rising in Washtenaw County, the number of households living in poverty were also rising.

These are not people looking for handouts. Times are tough for many people, and especially hard on those who were already having trouble meeting their basic needs.

Last year when the Community Action Network looked into DTE records for one public housing site, out of the 24 households there, 19 were in shutoff status.

In these situations, the question of whether to heat the house or buy a new coat becomes an impossible decision.

By donating to Warm the Children, you take away what can be a stressful decision for parents in these situations to make. They no longer have to worry about making sure their kids are warm enough outdoors. They can focus on making sure the house is warm, that there is food on the table and that there are lights for their kids to study by. and our fiscal partner United Bank & Trust absorb all overhead costs. We also work with the Ann Area Arbor Community Foundation to provide fiscal oversight as our nonprofit partner.

There are many other easy ways to give. You can do so online by visiting There, you can also find information on becoming a volunteer shopper. Shoppers handle the vouchers and assist families in shopping, ensuring that parents make wise purchasing decisions.

You also can make a donation in person by visiting any United Bank & Trust branch in Washtenaw County, or you can mail a donation to Warm the Children, c/o United Bank & Trust, PO Box 1127, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1127.

Throughout the year you can also visit our Community Space at 301 E. Liberty St. in downtown Ann Arbor and make a donation when you get a cup of coffee. The coffee is donated by local brewers, and all proceeds go to Warm the Children. This season, Mountain Country Coffee has donated all of the coffee for the 2011 Warm the Children campaign season.


Susan Montgomery

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 11:57 a.m.

Great cause. Why doesn't this article show up in the regular rotation? If I go to <a href=""></a> and scroll down on articles I don't see it at all by date, I have to go all the way down to &quot;browse by topic&quot; to see it. Those of us who are on the lookout for the program will see it, but how will you get new people involved? I'm concerned that contributions will be down this year and you'll attribute it to the economy, when lack of publicity probably might also be playing a role...


Sun, Dec 4, 2011 : 10:20 p.m.

This is such a worthy and wonderful program; I have had the honor to shop with parents for their children's clothing a few years and the parents are so grateful. It brings me a lot of joy to be a part of this wonderful experience. Thank you to all who make this possible.