Merry Christmas fund helps those in need
December 1, 2009
Many donors to Merry Christmas Issaquah, the local emergency aid fund, give year after year, confident their money will be used to make a difference in the lives of those who need it. One hundred percent of donations go to those in need.
The city of Issaquah provides office space and enough funds to cover a telephone and office supplies. And the volunteers at Issaquah Church and Community Services do all the work, from bookkeeping to meeting with those who find themselves needing a hand.
One volunteer at ICCS recalls a young man who came for help after a storm. He had lost everything when the trailer he lived in washed away when the river overflowed its banks.
ICCS volunteers were able to get him food, clothes and a bus pass to a friend’s house. They also made calls on his behalf to other agencies for additional assistance.
“Our help gave this young man hope. Merry Christmas Issaquah donations made this possible,” the volunteer said.
“Some donations are $10, and others send in $5,000,” said Issaquah Press Publisher Debbie Berto, who has managed the fund drive since its start in 1981. “The amount is not what counts. What’s important is that everyone do what they can to help their neighbors in need.”
The only donation drive done for the emergency aid fund is handled annually by The Press. Since the fund’s inception, nearly $600,000 has been donated to take care of local families who need help with rent, utilities, prescriptions, infant formula or other special needs.
You, too, can help by making a tax-deductible donation (ICCS is a registered 5013c nonprofit organization). Names of donors (but not amounts) will be published in The Press unless anonymity is requested.
Send contributions to Merry Christmas Issaquah, c/o Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027. Checks can also be dropped at The Press office, 45 Front St. S.