December 20, 2011
Merry Christmas Issaquah fosters giving spirit
Like the old adage goes, ’tis better to give than receive.
The holiday season is the peak time for giving, as some donors catch the Christmas spirit and others seek to make a donation before the year ends.
Readers face many choices to donate hard-earned dollars to each holiday season, but Issaquah Community Services is the organization many local residents turn to for help to pay the rent or keep the lights on. The organization’s annual Merry Christmas Issaquah fund drive is essential.
The goal for the 2011 campaign is $65,000 and, so far, donors have helped the fund cross the halfway mark. But more help is needed if Issaquah Community Services is to help as many families as possible in the year ahead.
Issaquah Community Services offers such crucial assistance by using 100 percent of donations to assist people in need. The all-volunteer organization receives office space from city government, so donors can be sure donations go to the people in the greatest need. No other local nonprofit organization has such low overhead expenses.
Since the fund launched in 1981, The Issaquah Press has provided publicity for Merry Christmas Issaquah at no cost to Issaquah Community Services. In the years since, the fund has received and distributed more than $700,000.
Merry Christmas Issaquah accounts for the bulk of Issaquah Community Services’ annual budget.
Though Issaquah Community Services might be unfamiliar to many readers, the local organization helps hundreds of families inside Issaquah School District boundaries each year. In the past year, Issaquah Community Services helped 503 local families.
Merry Christmas Issaquah is the organization’s most important fundraiser. The annual drive is critical to replenishing Issaquah Community Services’ resources.
If the funds run out, all Issaquah Community Services volunteers can do is refer potential clients to other — already overstretched — human services organizations.
The need only continues to grow as the economic downturn lingers and more people must seek assistance to make ends meet.
Help by making a tax-deductible donation to Issaquah Community Services. The organization is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Send donations to Merry Christmas Issaquah, c/o The Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027.