Christmas fund closes 12 percent over goal
January 12, 2009
The Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund has closed its annual fund drive 12 percent over its goal at $56,353, topping the prior year’s high of $49,595. The number of donors is also up 12 percent. This year, 180 donations were received, compared to 160 last year.
“The generosity of the community is amazing,” said Pat Stegner, president of Issaquah Church and Community Services, the nonprofit organization that uses the money to assist local families facing a financial emergency.
Stegner said that assistance in early December had to be limited to no more than $100 per family, although utility bill or rent requests are always more. There just weren’t enough funds to go any further, she said, without dipping into the 2009 budget.With the extra donations over the goal of $50,000 from Merry Christmas Issaquah, Issaquah Church and Community Services is now prepared to help more families. With unemployment rates so high and storm-related expenses in the past month, it is expected that the need will be higher than ever.
Donations can be made year-round. Send them directly to ICCS, P.O. Box 669, Issaquah, WA 98027.