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Warm the Children campaign now at 80 percent of its $40,000 goal

WILLMAR -- With only two days until Christmas, the 2011 Warm the Children campaign is at just 80 percent of its goal of $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.

Already this year, an estimated 480 children have been served through the Warm the Children program.

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 467donations have been received during the 2011 campaign. To date, donations total $31,867.

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

Atwater: Glenn Nelsen, Steve & Sandra Miller, Ron & Barb Linden, Ken & Debbie Blasing

Belgrade: Bruce & Shirley Olson, Bob & Sandi Mathison, Don & Sandra Westaby

Bird Island: Virgil & Shirley Wenzel

Blomkest: Villa Lippert

Brooten: Trinity Lutheran Peace Circle

DeGraff: Buffalo Lake Women of ELCA

Granite Falls: Jerry & Barb Gustafson, Tim & Kim Douglass

Grove City: James & Arlene Johnson

Kandiyohi: Tripolis WELCA; Tripolis Sunday School

Kerkhoven: KIP Study Club

Maynard: Sue & Roger Tischer

New London: Dale & Joann Wright, David & Judy Peterman, Amy & Jeff Schmidt, Les & Cherie Heitke, Bette & Sherman Mankell

Pennock: St. John's WELCA

Raymond: Margaret Blokzyl; St. John's Women of the ELCA

Spicer: Daryl & Kay Bach, Lisa Thorson, Lyle & Cheri Weismantel, Linda Hedlund, Beatrice Ourada, Steve & Jane Brisendine, Greg & Jeanette Lecy; AFSCME Local 701

Willmar: Richard & Marcia Kleberg, Carole Vennerstrom, Dave & Vi Ceske, Mike & Sharon Bomstad, Ron & Wendy Strom, Kent & Esther Skoglund, Glenn & Eunice Buchanan, Deb & Leon Lentz, Flo Klein, Suzanne Wilson, Beverly Armstrong, Alton Carlson, Milan Schmiesing, Rolf & Joyce Standfuss, Steve & Norma Mattson, Corinne Ferguson, Kathy Martens, Pat & Pam Schwab, Stuart Ness, Roger & Barb Giese; Home State Bank fundraising committee, Vinje Lutheran Church Sunday School; Willmar Optimist Club; Bethel Lutheran Church Women; Esther Circle, Vinje Lutheran Church; Knights of Columbus

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 W. Trott Avenue in Willmar.