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Warm the Children reaches quarter of goal

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WILLMAR -- Contributions are starting to come in for the 2011 Warm the Children campaign. Goal of this year's drive is $40,000.

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.

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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.

A total of 156 donations have been received during the 2011 campaign. To date, donations total $10,094.

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

Appleton: Phyllis & Marlin Rieppel; Minne Sunbonnet Doll Club

Atwater: Bert & Mardelle Crist, Gladys Carlson, Luella Behm, Ron & Barb Linden, Ron & Kathy Garner

Belgrade: Bud & Doris Grothem; Rachel Circle of Grace Lutheran Church; Rosebud Garden Club

Benson: Scott & Maureen Gonnerman

Bird Island: Dan & Sharon Marks

Bowden, N.D.: Kathy Wilner

Brooten: Betsey Isane

Clara City: Ron & Carol Thomton, Gerald & Sharon Asche

Dawson: Carol Rensberger

Fairbanks, Alaska: Janet & Don Dokken in memory of ElRoy Hagen

Granite Falls: Don & Marjorie Hegna, Tom & Mary Ann Kramer, Marlys Swam, Al & Eleanor Sandquist, Viginia Homme; Granite Falls Lutheran WELCA

Grove City: Rosendale United Methodist Prayer Group

Hector: Jeff & Eleanor Heerdt

Kandiyohi: Helen Hawkinson, Jean Schmit; Ebenezer Women of the ELCA

Lake Lillian: Ken & Jeannie Wittman, Eugene & Betty Larson

Maynard: Menno & Margene Frerichs;

New London: Joan & Lyle Hebrink, in memory of loved ones; Mike & Roxanne Steffl, Tom & Laverne Gleason

Olivia: David Torgelson, John & Vi Johnston, Bette Hillemeier

Pennock: Bruce & Diane Heymer, Dick & Lynn Guse

Raymond: Daryl & Eunice Johnson, the family of Gary & Jean Dragt

San Francisco, Calif.: Joan & Bob McGrath, The Outrageous Foundation

Sacred Heart: John & Sharon Sietsema, Rosemary Hoberg; Opdal WELCA

Saluda, N.C.: Paul London

Spicer: Donna & Frank Plotnik, Bob & Connie Hodapp, Tony & Bonnie Ogdahl, Allen & Wanda Zaske, John & Bobby Crossen, Randy & Mary Jo Patton, Don & Phyllis Shaw, C. Suzanne Torgerson, Ralph & Kathy Jansen, Susan & Tom Lange, Bob & Jan Saulsbury, Jon & Pam Melander, Kevin & Sue Anderson, Charles & Sharon Olson; in honor of Barb Swenson, Donna Mertens, Shirley Lang, Mary Lu Sletten, Pat Wright, Cheryl Herman, Mary Ward, Molly Olson, Amy Olson, Melinda Myrnak & Susie Payne; Spicer Senior Citizens Club

Sunburg: Rose Aasen

Willmar: Mark & Liane Yungerberg, Agnes Carlson, Al & Dorothy Dikken, Lowell & Lois Fostervold, Keith & Susan Morris, Lorraine Thompson, Larry & Bobby Gates, George & Dody Davies, Ralph & Lois Seybert, Scott & Kristi Glup, Gene & Trina Berg, Harold & Mary Larson, Mae Forstrom, James Classen, Harris & Joan Hinderaker, Lois Propp, Dewey & Mary Bock, Sandi & Kevin Unger, Michel & Nancy Hinrichsen, Andrew & Jean Berg, Jacob & Ruth Polta, George & Peggy Johnson, Geneva Bonnema, Tyke & Carol Myers, Gary & Karen Hanson, Jerry & Debra Negen, Kristi Morelan, Charles & Carol Bredeson, Arlene Forbord, LeRoy Potter, Bridget & Bob Karg, Gary & Barbara Carlson, Pat & Judy Maiers, Terry & Janice Bartz, Louise Thoma, Jerry & Elaine Schliep, Carley Braband, Rick & Norma Conway, Annette & Jon Fostervold, Mamie Holm, Eleanor Toutges, Russ & Dorraine Miller, John & Janet Helin, Lorraine Himango, Margaret Hedin, Delores & Dick Hoglund, Jim & Sonia Collier, Chet & Mona Flack, Lowell & Betty Melbye, Mervin & Fanchon Ellwood, Jan Kositzky, Ron & Etta Holmgren, Alice & Algene Renstrom, Carolyn Nordby, Marian Bengtson, Wayne & Wanda Fostervold, Bob & Patti Dols, Mary Jane Rice, Rhoda Lang, Jeanette Buchanan, Joe & Dorothy Freese, Tom Venaas, Dan & Genie Hurley, Bill & Lois Gulbrandsen, Bob & Dona Haines, Jake & Mary Lou Schorn, Bob & Cheryl Retrum, Ron & Anita Tucker, Bill & LaDonna Sook, Steven & Jodi Meyer, Audrey & Jim Loehr, Dan Johnson, Marcella Barber, Lu Burgmeier & Jeff Fransen; Degree of Honor No. 29; First Presbyterian Church; Willmar Car Club; MN Theta Master; Daughters of Isabella of St. Mary's; Church of St. Mary Tithing Fund

Thank you to all who have contributed.

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

Applications are made through your local social service agencies.

Anyone interested in being a volunteer shopper with the Warm the Children program is encouraged to contact the Tribune at 320-235-1150.

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