Christmas fund is still 30 percent under goal

December 29, 2009

By Staff

o DATE: $33,822
2009 Goal: $50,000

To DATE: $33,822

2009 Goal: $50,000

It is very likely the Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund will set a new record for the number of donors this year. But the fund is still more than $16,000 away from its goal of $50,000.It usually takes about 200 individual donors for the fund to reach its goal, but this year 157 donations have already arrived and the fund is still more than 30 percent shy.

Merry Christmas Issaquah has become known as the fund that helps people help themselves. Not having enough funds to help those who need help with a new pair of glasses, a prescription for a sick child, work boots to start a new job, a car repair, rent or an overdue power bill is something the volunteers at Issaquah Church and Community Services cannot fathom. ICCS is the nonprofit agency that distributes the Christmas funds.

“We don’t ever have as much as we’d like, but you’d be surprised how much a little bit can help,” said Marilyn Taylor, president of ICCS. “But the need is so great. This may be the year that funds run dry. We pray it won’t be so.”

The mail arrives each day from Thanksgiving until after New Years, bringing a flurry of donation checks. Some contain a few single dollar bills; another has a check for $10,000. Some come from children who want to help, others from an office party, another from a service club. Every donation will make a difference.

“I see and hear so much need at my middle school where I teach,” said one note that accompanied a donation.

The fund will remain open for donations until Jan. 10. Send checks to Merry Christmas Issaquah, c/o The Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027, or drop off at The Press’ office, 45 Front St. S.

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