The Item Appeal - Neighbors Helping Neighbors  

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.

History of The Item Appeal

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 community.

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.

Item Appeal Cards

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.

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.


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