Christmas Stocking Fund 

 

After a slow start, the 2017 Christmas Stocking Fund campaign steadily built momentum with Hereford and Deaf Smith County residents, organizations and businesses supporting the homegrown holiday charity to the tune of $29,857.50. That is the second highest one year campaign total in CSF history and only ranks behind the 2013 campaign that raised $52,180, largely on the strength of a major gift from the Joe Mandina Estate. 

The 2017 campaign brought the all-time giving total for the Christmas Stocking Fund to $757,946, surpassing the three-quarters of a million dollars mark in fund raising for the charity dating back to 1980. 

A flurry of donations in the final days of the campaign along with several major gifts from individuals, businesses and organizations substantially boosted the 2017 CSF effort to its $29,857.50 total. The 2017 total marked a major rebound of about $5,600 more than was raised in 2016, when CSF logged one of its lowest amounts in recent years. 

A total of 16 donors that included individuals, organizations and businesses accounted for $18,650—well over half of the total funds raised in the 2017 campaign.

Assistance to the less fortunate from the 2017 Christmas Stocking Fund reached 386 residents within Hereford and Deaf Smith County during December including 35 disabled individuals, 40 senior citizens and 18 special needs cases, along with a host of children.

As has been the case for the past several years, clothing assistance, targeted toward children and the elderly was the single largest category of assistance with a total expenditure of $7,535. Assistance with electric utility bills was the second largest category of aid with spending totaling $4,642, and aid with natural gas heating bills totaled $2,388. Help with water bills amounted to $2,986. Medical assistance totaling $1,343 was extended to cover doctor and hospital bills.

Grocery assistance went to 40 families within the community. That included assorted canned goods, fruit, vegetables, dry beans and rice, paper goods and sundries, plus vouchers for six pounds of ground beef for each recipient family. All told, CSF spent $2,838 on food assistance including meat.

Other special emergency aid expenditures within the community amounted to $1,000.

All told, the Christmas Stocking Fund spent $22,732 during its December, 2017 assistance campaign. In addition, during the past year CSF spent a total of $2,918.79 on two large orders of peanut butter to assist the Hereford Food Pantry, bringing total aid expenditures to help the less fortunate, those with emergency needs, and the hungry in the community within the past year to $25,690.

CSF doesn’t restrict its functioning to the Christmas season and also steps in to assist with local emergencies as needs arise throughout the year. With frigid temperatures present in the local area recently, there’s a possibility the hometown charity could be called upon for additional utility assistance. 

KPAN Radio was the news media sponsor of the project for the fourth year in 2017, and FirstBank Southwest again partnered as the collection point for donations.

                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

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