• Kids Kount program grows to impact more than 70 children

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    January 23, 2017
    Ray Slatton,
    Greater Wausau Christian Services

    Kids Kount program grows to impact more than 70 children

    The Kids Kount program administered by Greater Wausau Christian Services (GWCS) presented gifts to 71 children in the Wausau area last month.

    The Kids Kount program provides Christmas gifts to children with a parent held at the Marathon County Jail. This year, 71 children received gifts or gift cards, up from 52 in 2015. The program is managed by Marlene Schalow and Sally Scinto-Reinertson.

    "Last year we helped 52 children have a better Christmas celebration and this year, because of the kindness and support of so many wonderful people, we reached even more." said chaplain Ray Slatton, director of GWCS.

    GWCS would like to thank the members of the community who supported the program in 2016. These community members gave of themselves financially and through volunteering time to wrap gifts and deliver gifts.

    GWCS also thanks 89Q Hope is Here (89.5 FM), especially Coy Sawyer, the station's general manager, and April Sather,  an on-air personality, for their kind and generous help in previous years with a toy drives at Dunkin Donuts and Biggby Coffee. This year, the Salvation Army generously reached out to GWCS with gifts, and the organization did not need to conduct a toy drive.

    If you would like to help with the 2017 Kids Kount program, please contact Marlene Schalow at 715-842-5635.

    Greater Wausau Christian Services is located at 319 Fourth Street in Wausau. For more information on the organization, visit gwcservices.org.


    Greater Wausau Christian Services (GWCS) is a community of congregations that bring Christian compassion and hope to individuals and families through ministry in elder care facilities, the Marathon County Jail and the Marathon County Juvenile Facility.  GWCS is able to minister to others because of the gracious support of 14 congregations in the Wausau region as well as all the additional support that we receive from many other congregations and individuals both inside and out of the area.
    Raymond Slatton, Chaplain
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