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Warm the Children nears 2013 goal

WILLMAR — The 2013 Warm the Children campaign has topped the 98 percent mark as the Christmas holiday is upon us. Goal of this year’s drive is $40,000.

A total of 508 donations have been received during the 2013 campaign. To date, donations total $39,393.

Last year, the Warm the Children campaign took in $37,885, falling just short of a goal of $40,000. The donations received helped to clothe 458 children throughout the area. Now in its 20th year, the Warm the Children campaign has helped more than 7,370 children from more than 2,695 families over the past 19 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: Jenith Benson, Ken & Julie Cordes, Ed & Judy Mickelson

Benson: Dennis & Ann Minor

Bird Island: Keith Scott Agency

Blomkest: in memory of Wayne & Wanda Fostervold from Ted & Villa Lippert; Dean & Gladys Negen

DeGraff: Buffalo Lake Church

Granite Falls: on behalf of Gorman & Betty Velde

Hector: Norman Gabriel

Kandiyohi: Steve & Dede Johnson

Kerkhoven: in memory of Matt Aikens from RuthAnn Boersma

Lake Lillian: Steve & Judy Marquardt, Steven Flann; United Lutheran Churchmen

Maynard: Sue & Roger Tischer

Mesa, Ariz.: JoAnn Carlson

Montevideo: Ron & Brenda Kaihoi

New London: Herbert Mueller, Bette & Sherman Mankell, Kathy & Richard Schmidt, Jeff & Amy Schmidt; on behalf of Ross & Joy Baker, Roger & Kay Strand

Paynesville: Dick & Bernie Haines

Raymond: Mary Boelter, Peterson Farm; St. John’s Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA

Spicer: Linda Mickelson, Jon & Pamela Melander, Ron & Wendy Strom, Lisa Thorson, John & Bobby Crosson, Lori & Craig Schellberg, Steve & Jane Brisedine; on behalf of Todd & Dorie Duininck; on behalf of Sam & Jane Drodofsky; Hannah/Ruth Circle and Lydia Circle of Faith Lutheran Church

Sunburg: Hope Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA

Willmar: Franics & Micki Kalvoda, Jenny & Jeff Vance, Kevin & Karen Hallstrom, Lowell & Barb Torkelson, Alice Cutts, Kelly & Steve Gardner, Mari Thorkelson, Duane & Arlys Lindgren, Shirley & Gordon Berg, George & Ann LaPatka, Lorraine Olson, Flo Klein, George & Sandra Grussing, Roland & Marilyn Johnson, Valerie Bennett, Tom & Deb Wodash, Elaine Henry, Carolyn Davis, Jake & Mary Lou Schorn, Robert & Rita Dincau, Carolyn McLouth, Karen & Dennis Sportel, Marvin & Marian Gilbertson, Kevin & Corinne Dahl; Bremer Bank of Willmar Matching Funds; Knights of Columbus; St. John’s Lutheran Church Women; NTY Club at Calvary Lutheran Church; Bethel Lutheran Church Women; Bethesda; Willmar Does Past Presidents; Voiture 1413, 40 & 8; Sons of Norway; on behalf of Willmar Community Education & Recreation staff at Jefferson Learning Center.

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.