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Warm the Children gets L’burg Youth Grant, needs shoppers PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012 11:15 PM

The Dearborn County Register’s Warm the Children Program has received a generous $5,000 grant from the City of Lawrenceburg Youth Grant Program administered by the Dearborn Community Foundation.

“That will help us toward a comfortable cushion so we can finish this year’s shopping, and have a start toward the 2013 WTC shopping,” said coordinator Brooke Thies.

Last year WTC served 140 Dearborn County children. “This year we have 219 children, and have added 15 more this week,” she said. In the past WTC helped between 450 and 500-plus children, and Thies wants to see that happen again. For that two things are needed.

Donations, every penny helps us help kids in need.” We have had an overwhelming response to our request for donations and they are consistently coming in. I have been truly amazed by how this community has stepped up to the challenge,” said Thies.

And so that not all the shopping has to wait until December, WTC likes to have a balance to carry over year to year. To help 400 children for example, it would require donations of $32,000 at $80 spent per child, she said

There’s another need as well.

Thies would like to have shopping finished for those children before Christmas, and to do this volunteers are needed from the community. “You may not have money to donate, but you may have time. Please consider sharing that time with Warm the Children,” said Thies.

Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation is handling all the referrals, and, while there is currently a waiting list, Thies anticipates helping most if not all of the children on it, she said. People have until Friday, Dec. 21, to get on the waiting list.

After The Register gets referrals from SIEOC, Thies assigns a child and his or her parent or guardian to a volunteer shopper. The volunteer shoppers contact the family, and set up an appointment to meet them at the Aurora Wal-Mart SuperCenter where all shopping takes place.

Then it is time for the families to go shopping. Children and their families can pick out coats, hats, boots, pants and other warm winter clothing, including underwear and socks.

The shoppers have a form to fill out for each child detailing the purchases, and after the trip, the form is returned to The Register along with a receipt from the transaction. The transactions are tax-free, and donations to WTC are tax deductible because WTC has Internal Revenue Service 501-3-C nonprofit status, said Thies.

To volunteer to shop, call Brooke Thies at 1-812-537-0063 ext 112. To make a donation, mail it to Warm The Children, c/o The Dearborn County Register, P.O. Box 4128, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025.

To get more information or to make an appointment to register a child for Warm the Children contact Kimberly Elliot at SIEOC, at 1-812-926-1585.