Anonymous in Athol extends deadline Not too late to donate

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Time for a collective groan: The desperate attempt to reach $150,000 for Press Christmas for All by 5 p.m. Wednesday fell short.

Time for a collective cheer: Anonymous in Athol is giving us all high praise, encouragement, and a little more time.

Anonymous, one of the program's most generous donors going back many years, had challenged the community to reach the $150,000 mark by end of day Wednesday. His intent was to then give $10,000 to put the fundraising drive within striking distance of its overall goal of $225,000 by Christmas Day.

With the program running well behind last year's record pace for giving, more than $35,000 was needed on Wednesday. By the time the doors were locked at 5 p.m., $13,207.11 had come in. That's a good day for donations, but not enough to reach the challenge mark. Right now, the fundraising drive has brought in $127,983, which is $22,017 short of the $150,000 challenge mark and $97,017 short of the goal.

Take heart, said Anonymous in Athol.

"I applaud the community's great effort on Wednesday," he said. "I know how difficult these times are financially. Therefore, I'm extending the deadline to 5 p.m. Thursday. That will ensure each person in our community has the opportunity to give and to ensure we reach our goal and meet the challenge."

A in A's $10,000 will kick in the minute $150,000 is reached. But even then, the program has quite a ways to go to ensure that all requests from Kootenai County residents are fulfilled in time for Christmas.

With just three days left to donate, please mail your check today or bring it by the Press offices at 201 Second St., Coeur d'Alene, 83814. The building is on the northwest corner of Second and Lakeside.

Donate by phone

Press Christmas for All received dozens of credit card donations made over the phone Wednesday. To do so, call (208) 664-8176. Please be patient. Phones are ringing off the hook, which is good news to the many needy in our community.

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