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Anonymous in Athol extends deadline Not too late to donate

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Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:15 am

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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  • LightBolt posted at 6:44 am on Sat, Apr 14, 2012.

    LightBolt Posts: 5

    There are people who actually donate quite a lot. What would you say about people who managed to donate a car? They can surely be very generous. Maybe others should try and follow such examples.

  • aayupp posted at 10:03 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    aayupp Posts: 319

    great comments - i could not agree more. merry xmas because next year the hard working wage earners of this land we all be paying more for taxes and insur premiums and prob no COLA to mitigate this rise in costs. we have been bled dried.

  • idahoguy posted at 6:57 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    I find it very sad that about every years the multitude of duplicated efforts done by so many charity groups still do not unit and cut costs. Then stop raising the bar every year when the country is sinking down. These people sound and act so much like our lousy politicians.... going down the tubes they spend more and more like nothing is going on.

    Now they look forward to the games they play with carrots and sticks. Pay this... I will match with that. Whoops fell short...I am nice enough now to grant you some more time to pay up...or else .Dude either through down the 10K or Stick It.. Stop with the games. Same for the Press. Be thankful anyone gave you a dime during these times.

    Most of your choices that you print about are enough to turn me away... Christmas trees and presents are so non important in life when people are truly suffer daily. Before, during and long after Christmas. Basic beans, rice and veggies are needed more than anything else.

  • immortal posted at 3:46 am on Thu, Dec 22, 2011.

    immortal Posts: 258

    It must stroke A's ego to play this game. To paraphrase Yoda, "give or give not, there is no deadline." Oh yeah, and how much hard cash does the Cda Resort give to this fund? The usual zip no doubt.

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