The Rotary Clubs of Madison and Guilford are proud to celebrate the Warm the Children program.

The Warm the Children campaign wants to make sure no child in Madison or Guilford is cold this winter. We certainly have been enjoying the beautiful weather this fall; but that will change all too soon. For those not familiar with the Warm the Children program, here’s a brief overview.

The program is unique in that all the funds collected go toward the purchase of new winter clothing for needy children - all of it. There are no administrative costs of any kind. Children who benefit from the program live in Madison and Guilford.

The newspaper asks for monetary donations from its readers. The money is deposited in the Guilford Savings Bank Warm the Children savings account. Guilford Savings Bank has waived its usual service charge and minimum balance requirements for this fundraising campaign. All donations are tax deductible.

Let’s hope that with our readers’ generosity, once again, every child in need in Madison and Guilford that could use some new winter clothing this year will be able to obtain it through Warm the Children. To date, 109 children have qualified for the program this year. If you know of a family in need who might qualify for Warm the Children; please refer them to the social services in their town.

In Guilford, contact the Social Services Department, Danielle Scheltens, at 203-453-8009.

In Madison, contact Madison Social Services, Cristal DePietro at 203-245-5655.

Once a referral is received, the family is paired with a volunteer shopper from the Rotary Club of Guilford or the Rotary Club of Madison who meets the family at Walmart in Guilford where each child is allowed $150 in new clothing ($75 for ages 5 and younger) including boots, hats, coats, mittens, pajamas, underwear, slippers and the like.

The child picks out his or her own clothing and tries it on to make sure it fits and looks “just right.” And it is “new.” No one else has worn it before. What a proud feeling for some children. The confidentiality of families and youngsters who participate in the program is strictly protected.

The program is fully funded by donations received from generous Madison and Guilford residents. Without their unwavering support, we would not be able to continue this program. And to them we say, “thank you”

If you would like to make a donation to the program, mail your tax-deductible donation to: Warm the Children, c/o Ruth DeSarbo, 57 Nolin Road, Westbrook, CT. 06498.

For information about Warm the Children, call program coordinators Ruth DeSarbo of the Rotary Club of Madison at 860-664-0888 or Larry Appleton, of the Rotary Club of Guilford, at 203-457-1571.

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