Need knows no season,
and neither does the Item Appeal. The Item Appeal is a community-based
charity that collects money from local people and distributes it
to local people in need. All the money collected goes to help people
in the community who are in need. 100% of your donation goes to
helping people just like you in the community, people who find themselves
having trouble making ends meet. If you or someone you know needs
help, please contact your local representative.
The Item Appeal was founded in 1976 by Bill Coulter
and a group of concerned residents. It was known as the Christmas
Appeal, until it became more universal.
Town and school nurses were some of the first representatives,
and still form the backbone of those who work with people in the
The volunteers are the ones who guarantee that 100
percent of the money brought in goes back out in the community.
This past year (2005), we formed our first Item Appeal
Board; previously, our representatives were the board members. However,
with changing priorities, including greater need and natural disasters
around the world that have drawn donations to those areas of the
world, a board wa s brought together to coordinate fund raising
and deal with policy issues. This has increased the volunteer base
working for the Appeal.
All-occasion cards are now on sale at The Item office,
156 Church St. These cards, donated by Dunn and Co., are all from
the Legacy Publishing Group, and bear the Clinton name on the back.
- Happy Birthday (four different cards to choose
- Welcome to your new home (three to choose from)
- Thinking of You (an assortment of friendship cards)
- Thank You
- Even a Wedding Card
Cards are on sale at $5 for a box of 15, or 50 cents
apiece. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Item Appeal.