Christmas fund opens for 2009 contributions
November 24, 2009
Merry Christmas Issaquah has become known as “the fund that helps people help themselves.”
Merry Christmas Issaquah, the emergency-aid fund for families in the Issaquah School District, is now open for 2009 contributions. It is expected that it will take at least $50,000 to meet the requested needs in the coming year.Last year, readers of The Issaquah Press donated a record $57,028. The fund was started in 1980 with about $1,000 in donations. In the 29 years since, more than $600,000 has been donated.
Merry Christmas Issaquah is the only fund drive that supports the efforts of Issaquah Church and Community Services, a nonprofit agency run by volunteers.
A few additional checks arrive throughout the year, but 90 percent of the funds come directly from Merry Christmas Issaquah donors.
Using funds from Merry Christmas Issaquah, ICCS volunteers meet with people who find themselves in need of assistance with housing, prescriptions, utilities and special dietary needs, such as infant formula.
Thanks to the work of volunteers, 100 percent of the donations go directly to families in need.
Send donations to Merry Christmas Issaquah, c/o The Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027. Donation names, but not dollar amounts, will be published, unless anonymity is requested.