Donations needed to help fund for needy meet goal

January 4, 2011

By Staff

It is very likely the Merry Christmas Issaquah emergency aid fund could end with less than the goal for only the second time in its 30-year history.

It usually takes about 200 individual donors for the fund to reach its goal, and nearly that many have already contributed. Donations received as of Jan. 3 were equal to 2009 donations of $53,000.

Not having enough funds to help those who need help in 2011 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 Community Services cannot fathom. Issaquah Community Services 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,” Issaquah Community Services President Marilyn Taylor said. “But the need is so much greater than only a few years ago. We almost ran out of money in 2010, so starting with less in 2011 is not good. All we can do is help as much as we can.”

Every donation will make a difference.

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

The fund remains open for donations until Jan. 10.

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.

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