Donors can still give to Merry Christmas Issaquah

January 1, 2013

By Warren Kagarise

Merry Christmas Issaquah is still more than $11,000 shy as the annual fundraising drive for the nonprofit Issaquah Community Services continues.

Donors can still give to Merry Christmas Issaquah to help Issaquah Community Services reach a $75,000 goal. So far, 199 donors have contributed $63,698 in much-needed funds.

The all-volunteer organization provided more than $88,000 in assistance to local families last year, in the form of rent and utility assistance, or emergency aid. The city provides office space and overhead, so 100 percent of donations go to people in need.

Holiday donations through Merry Christmas Issaquah enable the organization to help people in the coming year. Payments do not go directly to clients.

2012 goal: $75,000

To date: $63,698

How to help

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. The names of donors — but not amounts — are published in The Press unless anonymity is requested.

On the Web

Donate to Issaquah Community Services at www.issaquahcommunityservices.org.

The organization offers a place to turn for local families in need of some extra help. Most clients need assistance to pay rent or a utility bill.

The holiday fundraising drive accounts for about 65 percent of Issaquah Community Services’ annual budget. The organization faces increased demand for aid — so great the organization shut down for more than a week in June after exhausting funds for the month.

Only once before, in 2003, did Merry Christmas Issaquah fail to meet organizers’ annual goal. Merry Christmas Issaquah is Issaquah Community Services’ most important fundraiser all year.

The annual Merry Christmas Issaquah fundraising drive serves as a reminder to community members about the need for social services in the area. Recipients said donations from the organization come at a critical time, after other options dry up and disappear.

The all-volunteer nonprofit organization is responsible for dispersing the donations to families living inside Issaquah School District boundaries.

Merry Christmas Issaquah — spearheaded by The Issaquah Press since 1981 — set a donation record last year, but the $77,362 raised could barely meet demand. The number of donors last year, 231, also set a record.

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