Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is off to good start

November 25, 2014

The only source of heat in Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.

Without the wood pellets, though, the stove is nothing more than decoration, and a reminder of the cold nights ahead.

Last year, Issaquah Community Services kept Wright’s fire on with a donation of wood pellets, as the disabled veteran without an income waited approval for disability benefits, while receiving services for injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah supports important need

November 11, 2014

By all outward appearances, Issaquah and its surroundings seem quite affluent.

Yet, there are still lines at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, and a steady stream of aid requests coming into local organizations.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah kicks off with $100,000 goal

November 4, 2014

September 2014 represented a new beginning for Issaquah resident Michelle Curtis.

It’s when, after living in a domestic violence shelter for the past two years, the single mother of four moved into permanent housing.

That Talus apartment represented security, freedom and most of all stability, as Curtis worked tooth and nail to overcome abuse and the resulting health issues to make a home for her family.

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Christmas fund sets new donation record

January 7, 2014

Merry Christmas Issaquah fund that supports emergency financial assistance for Issaquah families has set a new record in total donations.

Nearly $86,000 has been donated in the past five weeks by 257 donors. That represents a 25 percent increase over last year’s $68,683 from 244 donors. The goal was $75,000.

The fund has been spearheaded by The Issaquah Press since 1981 to support the work of the nonprofit Issaquah Community Services.

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Only one week left for Merry Christmas fund

December 31, 2013

After a week in which a flurry of donations came in to support Issaquah Community Services, the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund is less than $2,000 away from its $75,000 goal.

Issaquah Community Services offers emergency financial aid to residents of the Issaquah School District in the form of utility payments, rent assistance and other miscellaneous contributions, depending on a client’s specific need.

Volunteers at the nonprofit organization see families at their most dire hour of need. These are people that could lose their home or go without electricity if Issaquah Community Services didn’t step in with the next payment.

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Merry Christmas fund way below goal

December 24, 2013

Untitled 2.crtrThe volunteers at Issaquah Community Services often see families at their lowest point.

They see the anguish, the struggle and the heartbreak that comes when clients cannot make ends meet.

As hard as it is to watch that, though, they also get to see the euphoria when a volunteer says, “Yes, I can help you,” making everything worthwhile.

“It’s unbelievably rewarding, it really is. It’s just a very rich experience, I think, for all of our volunteers,” said Jane, an Issaquah Community Services volunteer whose last name is not being printed due to the required anonymity between volunteers and clients.

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Every penny counts for Merry Christmas Issaquah fund

December 17, 2013

New Issaquah resident Michelle Whitehead’s entire life was tucked away in a Milton storage unit.

It’s where the single mom of two children kept her assets after she lost her job and her Pierce County residence.

“I had my personal belongings there and furniture. The entire house was in there,” she said.

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Editorial

December 17, 2013

Christmas fund keeps giving all year long

Not all Christmas wish lists are created equal.

A single mom just wants to be sure we don’t have another cold spell this winter or the electric bill won’t get paid. An elderly man living on Social Security could sure use a new pair of reading glasses. A young couple with new jobs is doing well with loan payments — but now the car needs repairs to get them to their jobs. One of four kids in a family has medical problems that have overwhelmed the family budget and an eviction notice is in the mail.

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Merry Christmas Issaquah brings holiday warmth

December 10, 2013

As a cold freeze covers the Pacific Northwest this holiday season, consider that the only source of heat for Marty Wright’s Issaquah-area home is a wood-pellet stove.

The stove is only effective, though, when it has the pellets, something the 26-year-old veteran could not afford.

Issaquah Community Services gave Wright the benefit of heat by funding the delivery of more than $200 worth of pellets, courtesy of The Grange Supply.

“It meant a great deal,” Wright said. “It kept me from freezing and actually allowed me to move around my house, because I do have fractured bones so when it does get cold in here I can’t really move around.”

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Musicians can perform ‘Messiah’ for fun and funds

December 10, 2013

Musicians will gather for the fifth annual “Sing & Play Along Messiah” Dec. 15 at St. Michaels & All Angels Episcopal Church.

Any instrumentalists, vocalists or spectators can participate in the nonrehearsed event, under the direction of Jason Anderson, associate for liturgical arts at the church.

The event raises funds for the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund.

“We invite instrumentalists and singers to join us for part one of the ‘Messiah,’ which is considered the Christmas portion,” Anderson said.

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