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Warm the Children still shy of goal

WILLMAR -- The Warm the Children campaign is still 10 percent shy of its goal of $38,000.

A total of 463 donations have been received during the 2009 campaign. To date, donations total $34,272, about 90 percent of the 2009 goal.

The Warm the Children program aims to help provide warm winter clothing for children throughout the region. Shopping has been completed for upward of 520 children so far.

Last year, the Warm the Children campaign took in $41,684, exceeding a goal of $37,000. The donations received helped to clothe 515 children throughout the area. Now in its 16th year, the Warm the Children campaign has helped some 5,398 children from an estimated 1,998 families over the past 15 years.

All donations, 100 percent, go to help the children. 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.

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.

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

Atwater: Elaine Nelson, Thomas & Victoria Klukas, Galen Inselmann

Belgrade: Bernice Grabber-Tintes, Bruce & Shirley Olson; Crow River WELCA

Bird Island: Paul & Deb Jacobs, Bill & Eileen Gass

Blomkest: LaVonne Negen; Blomkest Baptist Church Conference Women

Granite Falls: Orpha & Doug Nordang, Marguerite Hansen, Chuck & Susan Blomberg

Kandiyohi: Harvey & Mary Jane Lindstrand in memory of Sarah (Knutson) Toussaint

Kerkhoven: KIP Study Club

Maynard: Darrel & Verna Janssen

Mesa, Ariz.: Joann Carlson

New London: Wilton & Marcia Paul

Olivia: Bette Hillemeier

Raymond: Mrs. Donner's 6th Grade Class at MACCRAY East Elementary

Spicer: Lori & Craig Schellberg, Michael & Mary Ann Hodapp; Hannah/Ruth Circle of Faith Lutheran Church; Spicer American Legion Auxiliary Unit 545

Svea: Svea Lutheran Church Women

Willmar: Dave & Lynda Carlson, Mike & Sharon Bomstad, Loren & Smitty Luschen, Ruth & LoRoy Sanders, Duane & Arlys Lindgren, Rand & Donna Middleton, Harry & Karen Fenstra, Rick & Karen Maursetter, Kevin & Karen Hallstrom, Beverly & Mark Skare, Sherlan & Sharon Baker, Larry & Bobbi Gates, Marion Erickson, Joyce Malvin, Ron & Barb Prow, Russell W. & Karen Anderson, Loren & Brenda Wrobel, Janelle & Paul Higdem, Dennis & Mary Lou Chappell, Carolyn McLouth, Dorothy Watzke, Barbara Reyer, Ann & Duaine Amundson, Roger & Barbara Giese, Jim & Sonia Collier, Gladys Schennum, Fred & Doris Cogelow, Ray & Eileen Brede, Peggy Ruch, Flo Klein, Barry & Lyn Bakker, Diane Schlagel; Pediatric Department of Affiliated Community Medical Centers, Calvary Lutheran Church Women; Legal & Administrative Assistants in honor of Steve Renquist and Jean Spaulding; Willmar CenterPoint Energy and employees

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.