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Warm the Children campaign comes in short of $40K goal

WILLMAR — The 2012 Warm the Children campaign took in $36,795.41, falling short of its goal of $40,000.

At 92 percent of goal, the funds will still cover the shopping trips for an estimated 450 children across the region. With a few purchase orders still out and a few shopping trips yet to be completed, the campaign organizers said the total number of children served should come in at 450 children or more.

One-hundred percent of all donations received through the Warm the Children campaign go out to help the children. 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.

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 500 donations have been received during the 2012 campaign to date.

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

Atwater: Ken & Julie Cordes, Gordy & Joyce Wittman

Belgrade: Sandra Mathison

Blomkest: Roseland Reformed Church Mission Group

Clara City: in memory of Mark Rieger

Granite Falls: Gorman & Betty Wilson Velde

Kandiyohi: Tripolis Lutheran Youth

Montevideo: Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital festive sweater/jeans fundraiser

New London: Bernard & Gertrude Bulthuis, Kay & Roger Strand, Ken & Dorcas Gravely; Mr. Johnson’s 4th grade class at Prairie Woods Elementary

Olivia: Larry & Amy Zupke

Pennock: Mamrelund WELCA

Raymond: Marilyn Goeman; St. John’s WELCA

Spicer: Linda Hedlund, Charles & Sharon Olson, Alice & Darrell Smith, Vernon & Carol Olson Thorstad, Greg & Carol Roverud; Faith Lutheran Hannah/Ruth Circle

Willmar: Lorraine Olson, Francis & Micki Kalvoda, Steve & Kelly Gardner, Roger & Barb Giese, Bernice Grabber-Tintes, George & Ann Lapatka, Lorraine Himango, Gayle & Linda Larson, Marlys Walter, Gordon & Shirley Berg, Gordy Wallert, Mike & Jan Prunty, Paul & Janelle Higdem, Kevin & Karen Hallstrom, Mike & Claudia Miller, Rosalie Johnson, Marvin & Marian Gilbertson, Eugene & Rosella Ormberg, Phyllis Wodash, Corinne Ferguson, Melvin & Kathy Brouwer, Nola & David Zane, Norma Mattson, Tom & Deb Wodash, Phyllis Hanson, Rick & Darla Fagerlie, Richard & Laura Carlson, Ritch & Luanne Mjelde, Barb & Jerome Johnson; Willmar Noon Kiwanis; Sons of Norway; Rice Memorial Hospital Finance & Materials Management General Stores Dept.; Home State Bank fundraising committee; Calvary Lutheran Church Sunday School; Willmar Lakes Rotary; West Central Tribune employees’ cookbook project; West Central Tribune employees’ soup fundraiser; Willmar Assembly of God Church.

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.