MILAN — The 73rd annual Milan Santa Fund has raised $5,535 toward its $10,000 goal.
The fund, sponsored by the Milan Woman's Club, provides basic clothing, shoes and blankets for children. Food baskets for holiday dinners are provided for the families and eligible seniors in conjunction with the Milan Lions Club.
Applications have been accepted and now are closed.
Donations last year from businesses and local residents raised more than $10,000 to help more than 36 families with 84 children and 28 seniors.
More donations may be sent to Milan Santa, P.O. Box 962, Milan, IL, 61264. For information, call Nancy Brown at (309) 787-5726 or Pam DeMarlie (309) 787-5273.
Contributors so far this year are:
- Darrell and Mary Ann Reynolds, $1,000 - Ericksen Chevrolet-Buick, $1,000 - Trinity United Methodist Womens Group, $60 - Village Auto Outlet, $100 - Kar Mart Inc., $100 - Joe Degreve Inc. DBA Airport Mini Storage, $100 - Tim Nonneman Builders LLC, $50 - Union Federal, $50 - Friends for Verschoore, $100 - Milan Improvement Project, $400 - B&B Drain Tech, $50 - Linda A. Cain, LTD, $50 - Milan Blacktop, $400 - Milan Dental Center, $50 - Colinson & Scott, Attorneys At Law, $50 - James R. Prochaska, $50 - Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, $100 - Wilbur Vault Co., $350 - Bonnett Wholesale Florist, $100 - Village Pub & Grill, $25 - Valley Construction, $25 - Milan American Legion Post 569, $100 - Thermoking Quad Cities, Inc., $100 - Barb and Ed McRoberts, $25 - Shirley and Stephen Bateman, $50 - Casey's General Stores, $100 - Arthur Ernat DBA/Mr. Ed's, $50 - Pard's Western Shop, $25 - Save A Lot-Milan, $50 - Christopher Larsen DMD, $25 - Milan Surplus, $25 - DHCU Community Credit Union, $50 - In memory of Evonne and Julius Lannoo andDoris and Raymond Munday, $25 - Hughes Auto Repair, $100 - American Legion Riders Post 569, $25 - Hardee's -Milan, $25 - First Presbyterian Church-Deacon's Fund, $100 - Reynolds Manufacturing Company, $25 - Milan Indian Summer Festival, $50 - Eureka Lodge No. 69 A.F. & A.M, $100 - Blackhawk Township, $150 - Midwest Horseshoeing Supply, in memory of Dick and Deloris Partlow, $100 - E-Z Livin' Sports Center, $25
Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A new passenger car has been placed on the Coal Valley railroad, and R.R. Cable is running the trains at present. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue preached a convincing sermon on the need of a new First Methodist Church in Rock Island 1913 -- 100 years ago: Dr. W.S. Marquis preached his farewell sermon at Broadway Presbyterian Church to the combined congregations from First Methodist, First Baptist, United Presbyterian and South Park Presbyterian churches. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's mayor is seeking to enforce the rules governing PWA projects in the city which state that local men are to be hired for the work. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus requests that the names of needy Rock Island boys and girls through 12 years of age be registered by parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11or Dec. 14. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Alcoa and its employee union have reached tentative agreement on a 43-month labor contract covering about 7,500 workers at six plants, including 1,900 employees at Alcoa's Davenport Works, company and union officials said today.