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Tribune's annual Warm the Children program under way

WILLMAR -- Contributions are starting to come in for the 2007 Warm the Children campaign. Goal of this year's drive is $36,000.

Last year, the Warm the Children campaign took in $38,379, exceeding a goal of $35,000. The donations received helped to clothe 485 children throughout the area. Now in its 14th year, the Warm the Children campaign has helped more than 4,400 children from an estimated 1,639 families over the past 13 years.

All donations, 100 percent, go to help the children. The program is administered through the West Central Tribune, 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 261 donations have been received during the 2007 campaign, to date, totaling $15,435.

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

Appleton: Phyllis Rieppel, Roger & Judy Hursh

Atwater: Ole Hovey, Gladys Carlson, Phyllis Anderson, Chester & Elaine Johnson, Clinton & Louise Ahl, Shirley Walsh, Lloyd & Darleen Hovey, John & Delores Munson, Luella Behm; Rosendale United Methodist Church; Immanuel Lutheran Church

Belgrade: Ronald & Betty Hamborg; Martha Circle of Grace Lutheran Church; Rosebud Garden Club; Crow River WELCA

Benson: Burle & Donna Force, Connie & Larry Kenyon, Toni Lindstrom, Mike & Patti Madden

Bird Island: Gordon & Judy Huffman, George & Kathy Rust

Blomkest: Blomkest Baptist Church Bible School offering; Blomkest Baptist Conference Women

Clara City: Ron & Carol Thomton, Muriel Hubert, Celestine Ley, Jim Ammermann, Scott & Trudi Van Heuveln

Cosmos: Kathryn Jackson

Glenwood: Jon Stafsholt

Granite Falls: James & Marjorie Hegna, Al & Eleanor Sandquist, Marlys & Darell Swam; Granite Falls Lutheran Church Women

Hector: Elaine Radloff, Jeff & Anne Heerdt

Kandiyohi: Ione Polley, Wayne & Marilyn Zarnott, Evelyn Preslicka, Helen Hawkinson, LaVerne & Ramona Latterell, Norm & Phyllis Burt

Lake Lillian: Margaret Hedin, Jerome & Carole Osteraas, Howard & Viola Flann, Eugene & Betty Larson, Marilyn & Ardell Johnson, Lois View, Gladys Bjur, Billie & Donna Mae Scott, Del & Ruby Douma; Lesley, Jack & Laura Christianson; Busy Fingers Extension

Mankato: Alice Smith

Maynard: David & Joyce Tengwall

Montevideo: Marion Anderson

New London: Bruce & Vickie Vogt, Marvin Imsdahl, Tami & Rick Seipel, Rose Dahm, Dale & JoAnn Wright, John & Signe Maguire, Tom & Laverne Gleason

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

Paynesville: Lois Lorentzen

Pennock: Dick & Lynn Guse, Mike & Connie McCain

Raymond: Daryl & Eunice Johnson, Mike & Mary Boelter, Lorraine Wegner

Renville: Wayne & Delores Hebrink

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

Saluda, N.C.: Paul London

Spicer: Floyd Minnick, Greg Hilding, Mary Cay Hodapp, Bob & Jeanette Carlson, Jim & Kareen Hayden, Eileen Kolinski, Donald & Phyllis Shaw, Vickie Gunter, Randy & Mary Jo Patton, Tony & Bonnie Ogdahl, Joan Cash, Steven & Sheryl Fladeboe, Bob & Jan Saulsbury, Linda Mickelson; Hannah Circle of Faith Lutheran Church; Senior Citizens Whistle Stop Club

Sunburg: Jeanne Tollefson, Rose Aasen

Willmar: David & Valerie Bennett, Bill & LaDonna Sook, Burton & Betty Flann, Colleen Fleck, Ruth Trageser, Joanne Kovall, Bob & Joan Glaesman, Roger & Barb Baker, Paula Brandt, Peter Middleton, Mark & Liane Yungerberg, Bruce & Janet Jaeger, Viola Rau, Roger & Ruth Gauquie, Ferne Hagen, Allan & Jeanette Buchanan, Eleanor Toutges, Bob & Dona Haines, David & Lynda Carlson, Jeanette Kruger, Dick & Delores Hoglund, Barb & Lowell Torkelson, Betty Wetterling, Myrtle Grace, Olive Geske, Alfred & Dorothy Dikken, Mae Forstrom, Mildred Holverson, Lowell & Lois Fostervold, Rick & Norma Conway, Lois Propp, Dale & Judy Johnson, Bridget & Bob Karg, Paul & Janelle Higdem, Carol & Marlow Norum, Merv & Fanchon Ellwood, Dick & Mary Lou Arne, Lois Hurley, Violet Razink, Bob & Elaine Engle, Louis & Bev Thorson, Harvey & Carmen Caldwell, LuAnn Burgmeier & Jeff Fransen, Betty Croonquist, Steven & Jodi Meyer, Erica & Mike Mathews, Eugene & Shirley Bertram, Arlene Forbord, Beverly Armstrong, Harris & Joan Hinderaker, William & Marcella Barber, Sherlan & Sharon Baker, David Moody & Mary Catherwood, Don & Donna Gilman, Ben & Louise Thoma, Randy Arndt, Joey Werder, Alice & Gene Renstrom, Steve & Peggy Ammermann, Alton & Elizabeth Carlson, Keith & Susan Morris, Terry & Shelly Quam, Terry & Janice Bartz, James Classen, Fred & Margaret Mueller, Tyke & Carol Myers, Ione Nichols, Bonnie Kraemer, George & Dody Davies, Annette & Jon Fostervold, Jon & Linda Saunders, Joe & Dorothy Freese, Jan Kositzky, Mary Jane Rice, Ludvig & Alice Olsen, Orvis Langs, Larry & Bobbi Gates, Esther Floren, Gene & Jill Schlueter, Robert & Cheryl Retrum, Vernon & Ellaner Raske, Harold & Mary Larson, Dale & Kathryn Beliveau, Tom & Kaye Molin, Margaret Grant, Dorothy Timm Meili, Penny Johnson, Kathy Wilner, Ron & Etta Holmgren, Andrew & Jean Berg, Frank & Shirley Chapin, Evie & Ralph Olson, Dick & Kristi Morelan, Russ & Dorraine Miller, Jerry & Elaine Schliep; Willmar Car Club; Daughters of Isabella; Knights of Columbus; St. Mary's Parish; Kandiyohi County Extension Home Council; Athenian Study Club; Heritage Bank; Christianson & Associates, PLLP; Peterson Shoes; Jeffrey Sawyer of Rapid Mortgage Inc.; Minnesota Theta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi; in memory of Gary Ristow by Fern Ristow.

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

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.