Warm the Children shopping in full swing
WILLMAR -- Shopping is in full swing for the 2008 Warm the Children campaign. Already, shopping has been lined up for hundreds of children throughout the west central area, and many children are still waiting.
Goal of this year's drive is $37,000, to help clothe more than 480 children.
Last year, the Warm the Children campaign took in $41,255. The donations received helped to clothe 483 children throughout the area. Now in its 15th year, the Warm the Children campaign has helped more than 4,883 children from an estimated 1,815 families over the past 14 years.
All donations received through the Warm the Children program, 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 393 donations have been received during the 2008 campaign. To date, donations total $25,641.
In addition to the anonymous donations, recent contributions have been received from:
Atwater: Gene & Marly Platt, Shirley Walsh, Clinton & Louise Ahl, Loretto Ludowese, Ron & Kathy Garner, Darlene Gustafson; Jim, Linise, Jordyn & Tyler Copeland; Glenn Nelsen
Belgrade: Bernice Grabber-Tintes, Ruby Thorson; Crow River WELCA
Benson: Mike & Patti Madden, Bill & Pat Hetrick, Toni Lindstrom
Bird Island: Daniel & Sharon Marks
Blomkest: Warren Matson, Arlene Lippert
Clara City: Jim Ammermann; in memory of Lee Essendrup from Mark & Cindy Plowman; Immanuel Lutheran Church Women
Granite Falls: Alvin & Eleanor Sandquist
Hawick: Marguerite Hufford
Hazel Run: Dick & Sharon Anderson
Hector: Jeff & Anne Heerdt; St. Paul Lutheran Rebecca Circle
Kandiyohi: Ed & Evelyn Preslicka; Tripolis Women of the ELCA
Lake Lillian: Lesley, Jack & Laura Christianson; Howard & Viola Flann; Helen & Orlo Almlie; Eugene & Betty Larson; Lois View; Bryan & Becky Flann; J.D. Osteraas; Morning Star Circle of United Lutheran Church; United Lutheran Church breakfast funds
Maynard: David & Joyce Tengwall, Winsel & June Christiansen; Maynard Senior Citizens Club
Mesa, Ariz.: JoAnn Carlson
Murdock: Bethesda Lutheran Church
New London: Marvin Imsdahl, Bette & Sherman Mankell, Tami & Rick Seipel, Kathy & Richard Schmidt
Olivia: Jim & Ruth Martin
Paynesville: Darlene & Bob Marciniak
Pennock: Bob & Dee Rosenbrook; in memory of Travis Templer from Laverne & Janice Wilke; St. John's Lutheran Church Women
Prinsburg: Dennis & Joann Swart, Elva Post
Raymond: Daryl & Eunice Johnson
Sacred Heart: Ardis Kjersten, Rosemary Hoberg
Spicer: Vickie Gunter, Jon & Pam Melander, Dean & Susan Westre, Ginger Hawes, Gregg & Linda Hanson, Mike & Linda Mickelson, Lyle & Cheri Weismantel, Pete & Delores Etterman; American Legion Auxiliary; Senior Citizens Whistle Stop Club; Faith Lutheran Church Women
Sunburg: Hope Lutheran Women of the ELCA
Willmar: Audrey & Jim Loehr, Jan Kositzky, Marvin & Sharon Erdelt, Dick & Mary Lou Arne, Swede & Marilyn Johnson, Mamie Holm, Mary Catherwood & David Moody, Rick & Kathy Torkelson, Kevin & Corinne Dahl, Annette & Jon Fostervold, Charles & Carol Bredeson, Peggy Ruch, Ann Amundson, Ann & Duaine Amundson, Patricia Harding, Marion Eickson, Inez Eddy, Bill & Marcella Barber, Glenn & Eunice Buchanan, Michel & Nancy Hinrichsen, Eleanor Toutges, Jill Kack, Milan & Karen Schmiesing, Bernice Ahlquist, Lois Hurley, Rosalie Johnson, Dewey & Mary Bock, Audrey Thiele, John & Veda Barton, Ted & Mary Olson, Dan Johnson, Gene & Trina Berg, Fred & Doris Cogelow, Russell & Karen Anderson, Bonnie Kraemer, Harris Hedin, Rod & Bev Engleson, Harry & Karen Fenstra, Lowell & Lois Fostervold, Merland & Ruth Holmgren, Gene & Shirley Bertram, Carolyn Davis, Jennifer & Jeffrey Vance, Betty & Ray Hyser, Marian Bengtson, John & Loretta Schlick, Sally Demgen, Bruce & Janet Jaeger, Dale & Judy Johnson, Alice Van Ort, Elmond & Ione Ekblad, Barb & Howard Swenson, Vandla & Larry Peart, Steve & Norma Mattson, Dorothy Timm Meili, Gordon & Wendy Keller, Ronald & Anita Tucker, Jacob & Ruth Polta, George & Peggy Johnson, Ron & Ione Andreen, Jeanne Landgren, Gordon & Margaret Gravgaard, Ollie Geske, Jason & Jennifer Lindblad, Eilene Magnuson, Ida Brown, Esther Floren, Dennis & Susan Jordahl, Donna Don Gilman, Dan & Genie Hurley; from Florence Dufty in honor of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; from Merv Ellwood in honor of Robert & Diann Anderson; Rick & Carol Maursetter in honor of Harris & Connie Duininck; Marie Lingl, Fancy Coats Pet Grooming; Willmar Assembly of God Church; Willmar Optimist Club; Voiture No. 1413, 40 & 8; Minnesota Theta Master Sorority of Willmar's Division of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority; Bethel Church Women; Bremer Bank of Willmar Matching Program; Tuesday Night Bridge Club; Wal-Mart Foundation.
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.
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 235-1150.