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Warm the Children at 67 percent of goal

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WILLMAR -- With just over a week to go until Christmas, the West Central Tribune's 2011 Warm the Children campaign is at only 67 percent of its holiday goal.

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Goal of this year's drive is $40,000.

A total of 387 donations have been received during the 2011 campaign. To date, donations total $26,693.

Shopping has already been arranged for an estimated 480 children throughout the region, with many more names on a "waiting" list.

Last year, the Warm the Children campaign took in $40,012, exceeding a goal of $39,000. The donations received helped to clothe 453 children throughout the area. Now in its 18th year, the Warm the Children campaign has helped some 6,424 children from an estimated 2,361 families over the past 17 years.

All donations, 100 percent, go to help the children. The program is administered through the West Central Tribune, in partnership with Main Street Willmar, with assistance from area social service agencies and schools making referrals. The families are then taken shopping in order to purchase warm winter clothing for the children. Each child is allowed an estimated $80 in purchases.

In addition to the anonymous donations, recent contributions have been received from:

Atwater: Shirley Walsh, John & Delores Munson, Chester & Elaine Johnson, Louise Ahl, Darlene Gustafson, Richard & Lorna Thorp, Joe & Deb Kloss; ACGC Food Service Dept.; Kandiyohi County Chapter #31307 of Thrivent Financial; Women of Bethlehem Uffda Ladies

Belgrade: Ron & Betty Hamborg, Ruby Thorson, Dan & Sharon Struthers, Wayne & Doris Schoeppach; Martha Circle of Grace Lutheran Church; Naomi Circle

Benson: Patti Madden, Toni Lindstrom, Connie & Larry Kenyon

Bird Island: George & Betty Rust, Ethel Scott

Blomkest: Warren Matson; Blomkest Conference Women of Blomkest Baptist Church

Brooten: Hope Circle of Trinity Lutheran Church

Clara City: Jim Ammermann, Scott & Trudi VanHeuveln; Immanuel Lutheran Church Women

Granite Falls: Mavis Lewis, Orlynn & Carole Hegna in honor of the Bergquist families

Hawick: Marguerite Hufford

Kandiyohi: Elizabeth Cunningham, Steve & Dede Johnson, Wayne & Marilyn Zarnott, LaVerne & Ramona Latterell

Lake Lillian: Steve & Judy Marquardt, Delmar & Ruby Douma, Helen & Orlo Almlie, Jerome & Carol Osteraas; Lesley, Jack & Laura Christianson; United Lutheran Church Morning Star Circle

Litchfield: Lee's Oil Service

Madison: Lorraine Roth

Maynard: Winsel & June Christiansen; Maynard Senior Citizens

Mesa, Ariz.: JoAnn Carlson

New London: Jerry & Gwen Roeder, Marvin Imsdahl, Herb Mueller, Tamara & Richard Seipel

Olivia: Marjorie Barber, Ron & Linda Fahse, John & Susan Kraft

Paynesville: Dick & Bernice Haines, Darlene & Bob Marciniak

Pennock: Robert & Dolores Rosenbrook, Ed & Becky Huseby, Ross & Dottie Peterson

Prinsburg: Carl & Shirley Marcus

Raymond: Mike & Mary Boelter, Lorraine Wegner, Marilyn Goeman; Anita Petersen, Craig Petersen family & Loren Petersen family

Spicer: Vickie Gunter, Smiley & Kay Bomstad, Gwen Fredeen, Connie VanDerBill Medin, Lori & Craig Schellberg, Doris & Mike Fossen, Myron & Joanne Mayer, Pete & Delores Etterman, Mike & Deb Gilson, Mary Cay Hodapp, Bob & Jeanette Carlson, Rob & Linda Anderson, Dennis & Mary Holstad; Crazy Eights W.W.W.; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 545

Sunburg: Sarah Circle of East Norway Lake Lutheran Church; Hope Lutheran Women of the ELCA

Willmar: Barbara Raetzman, Randy Arndt, Ron & Ione Andreen, Gene & Jill Schlueter, Floyd Minnick, Ted & Mary Olson, Howard & Barbara Swenson, Bonnie Kraemer, Craig Nelson, Wayne & Delores Hebrink, Fred & Margaret Mueller, Olive Geske, Dennis & Susan Jordahl, Rick & Linda Kacher, Frank Chapin, Curt & Carolyn Olson, Margaret Gravgaard, Roger & Ruth Gauquie, Dick & Mary Lou Arne, Merlin & Jan Kleinhuizen, Audrey Thiele, Lois Hurley, Sonja Westre, Jon & Linda Saunders, Marjorie Green, Steve & Kathy Nedrelow, Bob & Carol Wegner, Paul & Janelle Higdem, David & DeeAnna Dorsey, Betty Wetterling, Gene & Dorothy Johnson, Bill & Deb Paterson, George & Alys Barr, Betty & Ray Hyser, Susan Mattson, Marvin & Marian Gilbertson, Bruce & Janet Jaeger, Rich & Chal Ronning, Joey Werder, Penny Johnson, Marvin & Sharon Erdelt, Anna Peterson, Evie & Ralph Olson, Tom & Kaye Molin, Kevin & Corinne Dahl, Doug & Lynette Hanson, H. Robert & Elaine Engle, Rod & Bev Engleson, David Moody & Mary Catherwood, Barry & Lyn Bakker, Jeff & LeAnn Stauffenecker, Gordon & Wendy Keller, Cliff & Bernice Norskog, Barb & Ron Anderson, Barb Piaseki, Eilene Magnuson, Rand & Donna Middleton, John & Loretta Schlick, Ken & Janine Warner, Peggy & Dan Lister, Barb Prow, Betty Croonquist, Sally Demgen, DeElla & Brett Aamot, Gladys Schennum, Donna & DeAlton Rime, Vivian Nelson, Helen Pederson, Evone Loch, Sherlan & Sharon Baker, Dorothy Watzke, Grayson & Karen Swalin, Loren & Brenda Wrobel, Russ & Karen Anderson, Inez Eddy, Bev Skare, Ernie & Ardy Meyer, Jill Kack, Dan & Pauline Reigstad, Dorothy Timm Meili, Erin & Sean Vance, Jack & Teresa Dahl, Dave & Lynda Carlson, Marjorie Green, Duane & Arlys Lindgren, Rosalie Johnson, Mike & Jan Prunty, Les & JoAnn Halverson, Gene & Shirley Bertram, Patricia Harding, Shirley Sundlee, Jim & Marge Andresen, Carol & Marlow Norum, Gloria Epema, Florence Dufty, Carolyn Davis, Darlene Donahue, Dennis & Mary Lou Chappell, Harry & Karen Fenstra, Jeanette Anderson, Jim & Bardette Brown, Ann Amundson, Peggy Ruch, Carolyn McLouth, Rick & Carol Maursetter, Joan Glaseman Bridge Club; Scarlet O'Hatters; Voiture 1413, 40 & 8; The Bunco Babes; customers of Bennett Office Technologies; Bremer Bank matching funds; Walt's; NTY Club of Calvary Lutheran Church; Bethesda residents; Fancy Coats Pet Grooming & Inn; Ruth Circle of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Thank you to all who have contributed in any way and been a part of making the Warm the Children program a huge success.

Donations may be mailed to: Warm the Children, PO Box 839, Willmar MN 56201; or dropped at the Tribune offices at 2208 Trott Ave. Southwest in Willmar.

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