Warm the Children Shoreline

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Thanks to the generosity of so many individuals and businesses, every fall and winter a group of volunteers on the shoreline are kept busy helping families choose warm coats, scarves, gloves, socks, and shoes. Warm the Children volunteer coordinators receive family referrals from the town social service offices and assigns them to volunteer shoppers. Shoppers and families meet at WalMart where parents and children select new winter clothing and footwear. Children and youth between the ages of birth and 18 years can participate in the program.

Warm the Children Shoreline serves local families in need in Old Lyme, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Essex, Centerbrook, Deep River, Chester, Westbrook, Clinton, and Killingworth.

Warm the Children Shoreline is an all-volunteer organization. Recently, they worked with the Community Foundation to establish a Fund through which individuals and businesses could support families. CFMC handles all the “back room administration,” and the volunteers are free to join families for the shopping appointment.