The Mission: How It Happens

Warm The Children is a family of 26 non-profit organizations whose missions are the same: providing new winter clothing and footwear for their community’s neediest children. All 26 organizations are IRS 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt. For more information, please email us at

The recipe for Warm The Children is simple: A local newspaper and/or a service organization (like a Kiwanis or Rotary Club) asks its community for monetary donations to be used to purchase new winter clothing and footwear for local children in need. Families to be served are identified by local social service agencies or public-school personnel.

All dollars received go to the children; sponsoring organizations absorb all administrative expenses.

The shopping is done either in person at a local retailer or online. For shopping in person, volunteers meet and assist the families as they shop and during check out. The family leaves with their new items.

For online shopping, families make their selections from a preapproved retailer. Warm The Children submits their order and their items are shipped directly to their home free of charge.

All purchases are paid for with donated dollars.

How To Donate

Donors may send checks to the designated address on the spreadsheet (below), or make online donations via the provided link.

Does Your Family Need Warm The Children’s Help?

Families wishing to be served by Warm The Children must live in or near a program location (see listing below). Email or contact as directed.

How It Came To Be

Warm The Children was founded in Torrington, Connecticut in 1988 by newspaper publisher Mack W. Stewart. On the way to work one snowy November day he saw children waiting for their school bus. It was cold and windy and the kids weren’t dressed for the weather. Stewart wondered how, in rich Connecticut, could there be children going to school without proper winter clothing. He’d worked for a newspaper in Troy, N.Y. which had a program providing new winter clothing for children in need. Stewart felt something similar was needed in Torrington. He discussed his idea with local social workers and fellow employees; all said, “go for it.” One fellow employee suggested calling it Warm The Children.

In the first year, the program raised $20,000 and served 249 children.

In 1991 Stewart moved to Middletown, CT to manage that community’s newspaper. He brought Warm The Children with him; it was an immediate success. But in 1993, Stewart was asked to resign because he was unable to reverse the Middletown newspaper’s economic woes.

Rather than go looking for another newspaper job, Stewart decided to spend the rest of his life urging newspapers and their communities to embrace Warm The Children.

Today’s 26 Warm The Children programs (see attached spreadsheet for details) spend $800,000 annually on new winter wear for 10,000+ local children in need.

Warm The Children program locationFamily need help? Email or contact:Newspaper & 501 (c) (3) Sponsor/partnerEINDonation checks payable to:Mail checks to:On-line donation:Contact personContact person(s) email:
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti MImkcstewart61@gmail.comKiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Foundation36-6099103Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children % Old National Bank 2723 State St., #100 Ann Arbor MI
Auburn NYCAP Cayuga/Seneca, 315-253-1703The Citizen & Auburn Rotary Community Foundation01-0863403Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children % Auburn Rotary Club P.O. Box 446 Auburn NY 13021auburnrotaryny.orgMike
Barton (Orleans County) VermontElementary Schools at beginning of school yearthe Chronicle & Warm The Children Orleans County51-0631277Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children c/o The Chronicle P.O. Box 660, Barton VT 05822not avaibleTracy Davis
Bennington Vermontoutreachadvocate@pavebennington.comBennington Banner & Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE)03-0285583PAVE, Warm The Children in memo linePAVE, P.O. Box 227, Bennington VT…Loni
Carlisle PALocal social service agencies and school districtsThe Sentinel & Carlisle Kiwanis Club Foundation20-1011264Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children, P.O. Box 862, Carlisle PA 07013carlislekiwanis.orgBarrie Ann George & Brooke
CT River Valley & Shoreline townsTown Social Service officeZip 06 Publications, Shoreline Times, & Community Foundation of Middlesex County06-1477711Warm The Children Shoreline/CFMCWarm The Children Shoreline Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Middlesex County, 49 Main Street, Middletown CT. 06452middlesexcountycf.orgBeebee Miller or Dick CampbellBeebe: Dick:
Eagle River WIVilas County News Review office, 425 W. Mill St., Eagle River. Applications on table at entranceVilas County News Review & Eagle River Rotary Foundation22-3931662Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children, P.O. Box 1929, Eagle River WI 54521vcnewsreview.comToni
Glens Falls NYSalvation Army, 518-792-1960The Post-Star and Glens Falls Rotary Club Foundation, Inc.14-1765482Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children, c/o Post Star, P.O. Box 2157, Glens Falls NY…Brian Corcoran or David
Gowanda NYElementary, middle, high school nursesGowanda Pennysaver, Community Source & LOVE INC of the Greater Gowanda Area01-0677260Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children, 15 W. Main Street, Gowanda NY 14070gowandaloveinc.orgKatie
Greenfield MAElementary Schools or Katelyn Mailloux, Franklin County Community Action, 413-475-1555The Recorder & Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts22-3089640Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children, % The Recorder, 14 Hope Street, Greenfield MA
Guilford/Madison CTTown department of social servicesZip 06 Publications & Shoreline Times Madison Rotary Foundation06-6075666Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children, % Madison Rotary Foundation, Attn. Janet Sandella, Treas., P.O. Box 355, Madison CT 06443madisonctrotary.comKristen
Hamburg NYHamburg, Frontier, Lake Shore, Eden and N. Collins school districtsRotary Club of Hamburg Foundation26-3268906Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children, P.O. Box 340, Hamburg NY…Liz
Hillsdale MISusan Stout, s.stout@abouthccf.orgHillsdale County Community Foundation38-3001297Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children, P.O. Box 276, Hillsdale MI
Hopkinsville KYSalvation Army, 270-885-9633Kentucky New Era & Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville Foundation27-1961925Warm The ChildrenWarm The Children % Kentucky New Era, P.O. Box 729, Hopkinsville KY 42241Warm the Children | Kentucky New EraMike
Keyser WVDayla Harvey, 304-788-9099News Tribune & Mineral County Family Resource Network55-0767633Warm The Children251 1/2 W. Piedmont Street, Keyser WV 26726mineralcountyfrn.orgDayla