That’s the number of Crawford County children, age 12 and under, that need help this year from the Goodfellows program.
The 244 children are from 103 families that need a little assistance this Christmas to put presents under the tree.
Donations of toys, books, clothing, quilts, blankets and other items are always welcome. Monetary donations are also welcomed. All donations are tax deductible.
To make donating to Goodfellows a little more personal, people can shop for invidividual children by picking a card from a Goodfellows tree. The trees are located at Fareway, Hy-Vee, the Denison Bulletin and Review office and Bomgaars.
Each card identifies a child by an assigned number. Cards list the size of shirts, pants and shoes that child wears and the Christmas gifts they would like to receive.
When the gifts are purchased, bring the items with the card attached to the the Denison Bulletin and Review office or West Central Community Action.
Goodfellows is a partnership between West Central Community Action and the Denison Bulletin and Review.
The Denison Bulletin and Review office is located at 1410 Broadway; business hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday.
West Central Community Action is located at 45 North Seventh Street, Denison; hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The names of donors will be published in the Denison Bulletin and Review for the duration of the Goodfellows campaign. Donors may request to remain anonymous if they wish.
The last day to donate items is December 19, although earlier donations are appreciated.
The distribution of gifts to the Goodfellows children will take place on December 20.
Following are the donations received to date.
Sundquist Engineering, $100; Jim and Sharon Gaughan, clothes, snowpants, coloring books; Roger and Karin Schneider, $200; Lauderbaugh Family, clothes, toys, hair accessories; Lyle and Toni Marquardt, in memory of Sharon, $100; Anonymous, clothing, Hatchimal, makeup; John Cookson, clothing and supplies; KaLee Hansen, presents for a girl; Crawford County Cattlemen’s Association, five $10 beef certificates;
HardCor Performing Arts, $150; Dale and Sharon Wight, $100; Richard and Cheryl Bockelmann, $50; Anonymous, 1 bag of clothes and four bags of toys; Drexel and Vicki Nixon, toys and clothes; Amanda Walker, toys, shoes and clothing; Curt and Joanne Sachau, $100; KaLee Hansen, pajamas, slippers and V-tech tablet; Anonymous, cars, shoes and Legos; Donna Stephens, Barbie and clothes;
Rolly and Renita Laubscher, $100 and toys; Anonymous, $20; Anonymous, children’s clothing; Anonymous, toys; Bob and Katie Curnyn, $60; Meents Construction, $100; Coyotes Forever, $300; Anonymous, doll, blankets and pillows; Carol Skarin, $100; Igou Trucking, in memory of Carol and Bruiser, $100; Our Savior Quilters, $250; Mary Beth Krohnke, $100; Swen U. Berger, $100.