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Warm the Children just past halfway point

WILLMAR — Donations are just past the halfway point for the 2013 Warm the Children campaign, with only three weeks until Christmas. Goal of this year’s drive is $40,000.

Last year, the Warm the Children campaign took in $37,885, falling short of a goal of $40,000. The donations received helped to clothe 458 children throughout the area. Now in its 20th year, the Warm the Children campaign has helped more than 7,370 children from more than 2,695 families over the past 19 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.

A total of 327 donations have been received during the 2013 campaign. To date, donations total $22,878.

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

Atwater: Shirley Walsh, Steve & Sandy Miller, Gordon & Joyce Wittman, Louise Ahl; Rosendale United Methodist Church Prayer Group; Bethlehem Uffda Day

Belgrade: Doris Grothem, Ronald & Betty Hamborg, Ruby Thorson; Rosebud Garden Club

Benson: Scott & Maureen Gonnerman, Patti Madden, Toni Lindstrom, Mary Amundson

Bird Island: Paul & Deb Jacobs, Dan & Sharon Marks

Blomkest: Warren Matson, Reggie & Peggy Schow

Bowden, N.D.: Kathy Wilner

Clara City: Marion Epema, Scott & Trudi Van Heuveln; in memory of Jim Ammermann

Granite Falls: Jim & Marjorie Hegna; Granite Falls Lutheran Church Women

Hector: Jeff & Anne Heerdt

Kandiyohi: Diann & Robert Anderson, Wayne & Marilyn Zarnott, Earl Ewoldt; in memory of Clifton. G. “Bud” Nygaard & Joyce Cronen from Harvey & Mary Jane Lindstrand

Lake Lillian: Betty Larson, Delmar & Ruby Douma, Ken & Alice Schwarzrock, Marilyn Johnson, Jerry & Carol Osteraas, Larry & Barbara Bomstad; Lesley, Jack & Laura Christianson

Midland, Texas: Jont & Anne Tyson

Naples, Fla.: In honor of Barb, Donna, Shirley, Mary Lu, Patty, Molly, Amy, Cherryl, Mary, Melinda and Susie from Charles & Sharon Olson.

New London: Les & Cherie Heitke, Kathy & Randy Dillon, David & Judy Peterman, Dale & Joann Wright, Spoonie & Vickie Vogt, Marvin Imsdahl

Olivia: Marjorie Barber, Bette Hillemeier

Paynesville: Bob & Darlene Marciniak; Sisters at Heart Nordland Lutheran Church

Pennock: Mike & Connie McCain, Bruce & Diane Heymer, Dick & Lynn Guse, Yvonne Natvig, Pearl Henriksen, Bob & Dee Rosenbrook, Ed & Becky Huseby

Pine City: Floyd Minnick

Raymond: Margaret Blokzyl, Arlyn & Julie Alsum

Renville: Rick & Cindy Schmidt

Richmond: Amy Tersteeg

Robbinsdale: Paul London

Sacred Heart: Ardis Kjersten; Opdal WELCA

Spicer: C. Suzanne Torgerson, Cindy Lahr, Dale & Judi Lauer, Linda Hedlund, Lorne Helland, Smiley & Kay Bomstad, Gregg & Linda Hanson, Mike Thorson, Ralph & Kathy Jansen, Pat & Gerry O’Connor, Bob & Jeannette Carlson, Robert & Connie Hodapp, Edwin & Karen Holst, Mike & Joanne Mayer, Greg & Carol Roverud; The Gundas, The W’s, Sarong Sisters; Spicer American Legion Auxiliary

Willmar: Helen D. Pederson, Mamie Holm, Carley Braband, Curt & Carolyn Olson, Marjorie Sebey, Florence Dufty, Ray & Betty Heyser, Roy & Karen Kraemer, Don & Janet Dokken, Evone Loch, Gene & Jill Schlueter, Gloria Epema, Kevin & Sandi Unger, Doris & Fred Cogelow, Marvin & Sharon Erdelt, Lowell & Lois Fostervold, Vivian Nelson, Mary B. Yost, Mae Forstrom, Gordon & Wendy Keller, Bob & Patti Dols, Marcella Demgen, Fran Hendershott, Ron & Carolyn Nordby, Ollie Geske, Bev Skare, Sonja Westre, Bob & Cheryl Retrum, Dorothy Watzke, Dennis & Sharon Eastman, Dorothy Timm Meili, Sharon Deitschman, Rosalie Johnson, Alvina Munneke, Jim & Sonia Collier, John & Loretta Schlick, Lillian Fossum, Ken & Janine Warner, Stuart Ness, Harold & Mary Jo Larson, Betty Wetterling, Inez Eddy, Milan & Karen Schmiesing, Barbara Piasecki, Susan Mattson, Rod & Bev Engleson, Rand & Donna Middleton, James & Audrey Loehr, Patrick & Pamela Schwab, Larry & Bobbi Gates, Mike & Sharon Bomstad, Rick & Norma Conway, Bill & LaDonna Sook, Lester & Joann Halverson, Joe & Dorothy Freese, Bob& Dona Haines, Ron & Ione Andreen, Dave & DeeAnna Dorsey, Dan & Genie Hurley, Esther Floren, Dealton & Donna Rime, Violet Ceske, Gene & Trina Berg, Doug & Lynette Hanson, Frank Chapin, Ron & Mary Guetter, Joey Werder, Lois Gulbrandsen, Jan Kositzky, Gene & Dorothy Johnson, Dick & Mary Lou Arne, Michel & Nancy Hinrichsen, Cynthia & Jayson Cole, Lu Burgmeier & Jeff Fransen, Dan & Peggy Lister, Wayne & Lynette Emberland, Randy Arndt, Marlow & Carol Norum, Delores Torgelson; Mike & Vonnie Bakke in memory of Peggy Johnson; Redeemer Lutheran Martha Guild, Willmar Forklift, Bethesda, Fancy Coats Pet Grooming & Inn, Willmar Lakes Rotary, customers of Bennett Office Technologies, West Central Tribune employees’ silent scarf auction.

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. 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.