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Warm the Children slowly coming in

WILLMAR -- Contributions are slowly starting to come in for the 2010 Warm the Children campaign. The goal of this year's drive is $39,000.

Last year, the Warm the Children campaign took in $40,004, exceeding a goal of $38,000. The donations received helped to clothe 550 children throughout the area. Now in its 17th year, the Warm the Children campaign has helped some 5,948 children from an estimated 2,195 families over the past 15 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 119 donations have been received during the 2010 campaign. To date, donations total $7,235.

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

Appleton: Phyllis & Marlin Rieppel

Atwater: Ron & Barb Linden, Lloyd & Darleen Hovey, Shirley Walsh, Luella Behm, Chet & Elaine Johnson, Louise Ahl, ; Immanuel Lutheran Church

Belgrade: Ron & Betty Hamborg; Rosebud Garden Club

Benson: Connie & Larry Kenyon; Meak & Associates

Bird Island: Dan & Sharon Marks

Bowden, N.D.: Kathy Wilner

Clara City: Ron & Carol Thomton, Muriel Hubert, Scott & Trudi Van Heuveln, Gerald & Sharon Asche

DeGraff: Buffalo Lake Women of ELCA

Glenwood: Jon Stafsholt

Granite Falls: Marlys Swam, Jim & Marjorie Hegna, Eleanor Sandquist; Granite Falls Lutheran WELCA

Grinnell, Iowa:

Kandiyohi: Jean Schmit

Lake Lillian: Ken & Jeannie Wittman; United Lutheran Church

Maynard: Menno & Margene Frerichs

Montevideo: Ron & Brenda Kaihoi

New London: Mike & Roxy Steffl, Brandon Richard Webster, Helen McKinley; East Norway Lake ELCW

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

Pennock: Ed & Becky Huseby

Raymond: Daryl & Eunice Johnson

Sacred Heart: JD & Sharon Sietsema

Saluda, N.C.: Paul London

Spicer: Tom & Susan Lange, Linda Mickelson, Donna & Frank Plotnik, Tony & Bonnie Ogdahl, Allen & Wanda Zaske, Don & Phyllis Shaw, Imelda Nelson; in the names of Barb Swenson, Donna Mertens, Shirley Lang, Mary Lu Sletten, Pat Wright, Cheryl Herman, Mary Ward and Melinda Sletten from their friend.

Sunburg: Rose Aasen

Willmar: Joey Werder, Evelyn Bruess, Elden & Jan Bartz, Michel & Nancy Hinrichsen, Bill & Ladonna Sook, LeRoy Potter, Fred & Margaret Mueller, Gene & Trina Berg, Tom & Kathy Breen, Andrew & Jean Berg, Gary & Karen Hanson, George & Dody Davies, Annette & Jon Fostervold, James Classen, Under family, Ben & Louise Thoma, Bob & Cheryl Retrum, Jerome & Elaine Schliep, Jan Kositzky, Kristi Morelan, Margaret Hedin, Darlene Donahue, Harris & Joan Hinderaker, Mike & Pat Botzek, Dewey & Mary Bock, Charles & Carol Bredeson, Agnes Carlson, Arlene Forbord, Ron & Carolyn Nordby, Keith & Susan Morris, Elizabeth Lackore, Betty Croonquist, Alice & Gene Renstrom, Russell & Dorraine Miller, Mark & Liane Yungerberg, Tyke & Carol Myers, Ron & Barb Prow, Jeff & Jenny Vance, Bob & Dona Haines, Mamie Holm, Carley Braband, Mary Jane Rice, Myrtle Grace, Rick & Norma Conway, Barb & Howard Swenson, Gladys Schennum, Sonja Westre; Willmar Car Club, AFSCME Local 701, Bethel Lutheran Church Women, Heritage Bank.

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, or at any one of eight downtown locations: Corneil-Elkjer Agency, Elmquist Jewelers, Hardware Hank Express, Heritage Bank, Insurance by Strehlow, Jake's Pizza, Ken's Casuals or Rick's Cycling & Sports.

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.