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Warm the Children at just 83 percent of goal

WILLMAR -- The 2011 Warm the Children campaign is at just 83 percent of its goal of $40,000 with only days until the year draws to a close.

A total of 493 donations have been received during the 2011 campaign. To date, donations total just $33,357. Shopping has been completed with upward of 450 children being served through the program this year.

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.

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.

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

Atwater: Herm & Cheryl Dybevik

Lake Lillian: Jim & Janice Wittman

New London: Mrs. Meier's 2nd-grade class at Prairie Woods Elementary

Pennock: Mamrelund WELCA

Raymond: Denise Smith

Spicer: Rich & Mary Allen, Linda Mickelson

Willmar: Bob & Marlys Ims, Gene & Rosie Ormberg, Tom & Deb Wodash, Ray & Eileen Brede, Kevin & Karen Hallstrom, Kay McLane, Ron & Mary Guetter, Loren & Judy Schultz, from Suzanne Nelsen in honor of nieces & nephews; Sons of Norway Fedraheimen Lodge 59; Past Presidents Willmar Does; Willmar Community Education & Recreation from Steve Brisendine; Calvary Lutheran Church Women; Willmar Noon Kiwanis; 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.