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Warm the Children at just 64 percent of goal

WILLMAR — Contributions for the 2012 Warm the Children campaign are at about 64 percent of goal with just over one week to go until Christmas. Goal of this year’s drive is $40,000.

Last year, the Warm the Children campaign took in $37,305, falling just short of a goal of $40,000. The donations received helped to clothe 489 children throughout the area. Now in its 18th year, the Warm the Children campaign has helped more than 6,900 children from more than 2,530 families over the past 18 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 372 donations have been received during the 2012 campaign. To date, donations total $25,554.

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

Atwater: Bert & Mardelle Crist, Ron & Barb Linden, Deb & Joe Kloss, Louise Ahl, Ron & Kathy Garner; Darlene Gustafson

Belgrade: Ruby Thorson, Sandra & Don Westaby, Dan & Sharon Struthers; Crow River WELCA

Benson: Scott & Maureen Gonnerman, Toni Lindstrom

Bird Island: Virgil & Shirley Wenzel; Keith Scott Agency

Blomkest: Warren Matson

Clara City: Ron & Carol Thomton, Jim Ammermann, Phyllis Teichert; in memory of Mark Rieger

DeGraff: Buffalo Lake Women of ELCA

Granite Falls: Eleanor Sandquist

Hector: Jeff & Anne Heerdt

Kandiyohi: Tripolis Women of ELCA

Kerkhoven: KIP Study Club

Lake Lillian: Larry & Barbara Bomstad, Marilyn Johnson, Viola Flann, Ken & Alice Schwarzrock; Leslie, Jack & Laura Christianson

Litchfield: Lee’s Oil Service

New London: Tamara & Richard Seipel, Lavon Gustafson, Marvin Imsdahl

Olivia: Jon & Jan Wogen, Ruth Rauenhorst

Paynesville: Bob & Darlene Marciniak

Pennock: Ed & Becky Huseby

Raymond: Arlyn & Julie Alsum; MACCRAY East sixth-grade class

Sacred Heart: Rosemary Hoberg; Opdal WELCA

Saluda, N.C.: Paul London

Spicer: John & Bobby Crossen, Myron & Joanne Mayer, Mike & Linda Bundy, Kevin & Joan Quinn, Jon & Pam Melander, Gwen Fredeen, Daryl & Kay Bach; the Sarong Sister and W.W.W.; American Legion Auxilary

Sunburg: Sunburg Free Lutheran Church; Hope Lutheran women of the ELCA

Svea: Svea Church Women

Willmar: Dan Johnson, Gordon & Wendy Keller, Betty Wetterling, Dan & Pauline Reigstad, Jim & Sonia Collier, Audrey Thiele, Lu Burgmeier & Jeff Fransen, Doug & Lynette Hanson, Dick & Mary L. Arne, Dave & Lynda Carlson, Devin & Hallie Bundy, Glenn & Sheri Bundy, Barb Piasecki, Sherrie & Mark Grindy, J. Vance, Doris & Fred Cogelow, George & Alys Barr, Vivian Nelson, Rand & Donna Middleton, Dennis & Mary Lou Chappell, Lois Hurley, George & Sandra Grussing, Patricia Harding, Ray & Eileen Brede, Gene & Dorothy Johnson, Frank & Shirley Chapin, Evone Loch, Jack & Teresa Dahl, Les & Joann Halverson, Valerie Bennett, Sally Demgen, Jeanette Buchanan, Dorothy Watzke, Bob & Patti Dols, Eleanor Toutges, Ron & Ione Andreen, Kevin & Corinne Dahl, Eilene Magnuson, Penny Johnson, John & Loretta Schlick, Marvel Henderson, Mamie Holm, Ray & Betty Hyser, Barbara Carlson, Gene & Shirley Bertram, Shirley Sundlee, Bob & Dona Haines, Marcella Barber, Agnes Carlson, Ernie & Ardy Meyer, Betty Croonquist, Fran Iverson family, Swede & Marilyn Johnson, Harold & Ardy Westhoff, Carolyn Davis, Suzanne Wilson, Don & Janet Dokken, LeRoy J. Potter, Marjorie Sebey, Lowell & Barb Torkelson, Larry Kleindl & Natalie Morrow, Jill Kack, Florence Dufty, Ron & Jeanine Christianson, Cynthia & Jayson Cole, Rod & Bev Engleson, Bev Skare, Harry & Karen Fenstra; Willmar Optimist Club; Scarlet O’Hatters; Northern States Supply; Kandiyohi County Community Corrections Staff; Knights of Columbus; Bremer Bank; Lee’s Tae Kwon Do of New London-Spicer; Ruth Circle of Redeemer Lutheran Church; The UPS Store; Calvary Lutheran Church Women

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.

Anyone interested in being a volunteer shopper with the Warm the Children program is encouraged to contact the Tribune at 320-235-1150.