Monday, November 19, 2012

Kiwanis Annual Warm the Children Drive

Warm the Children is a partnership between the Middletown Kiwanis Club and The Middletown Press to help clothe and provide footwear for children from Middletown, Cromwell, Portland, East Hampton and Middlefield.

Needy families are identified by public elementary and middle school staff in local towns. Staff at Middletown’s CRT HeadStart, Even Start, Middlesex Hospital’s Early Head Start and Family Advocacy Program, Haddam Public Health, and The Salvation Army also provide contact information on needy families.The nonprofit organization provides each child from ages 2 to 15 with $80 for winter clothing, purchased by a team of 150 volunteer shoppers. Children under 2 each get $40 in clothing.

This year, the organization hopes to raise $60,000 in total. The goal is to use the $47,000 collected at the end of last season to shop for 600 children before it gets cold this winter, then save some of the money collected this season to get an early start next year again.

Liberty Bank accepts all donations, deposits the checks and records information about each tax-deductible donation. Send donations to: Warm The Children, c/o Cindi Whitehouse, Liberty Bank, 315 Main St., Middletown.

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