Merry Christmas Issaquah sets donor record, but falls short of goal
January 8, 2013
By Warren Kagarise
Though Merry Christmas Issaquah set a record for the number of donors, Issaquah Community Services did not meet the goal set for the 2012 fundraising drive.
The largest fundraiser for the nonprofit Issaquah Community Services collected $68,683 from a record-setting 244 donors.
2012 goal: $75,000
To date: $68,683
How to help
Learn more about Issaquah Community Services and donate year-round at the nonprofit organization’s website, www.issaquahcommunityservices.org. Or, send donations to Issaquah Community Services, P.O. Box 669, Issaquah, WA 98027.
The organization set a $75,000 goal for the annual drive, but ended $6,317 short. Only once before, in 2003, did Merry Christmas Issaquah fail to meet organizers’ annual goal. However, donors can give year-round to Issaquah Community Services.
Holiday donations through Merry Christmas Issaquah enable the organization to help people in the coming year. Payments do not go directly to clients.
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 all-volunteer nonprofit organization is responsible for dispersing the donations to families living inside Issaquah School District boundaries.
Spearheaded by The Issaquah Press, Merry Christmas Issaquah has received more than $785,000 in donations since 1981.