Posted Online: Jan. 03, 2013, 9:57 pm

Dispatch Good Fellow/Argus Santa Fund nears goal

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By Leon Lagerstam llagerstam@qconline.com

MOLINE — The Dispatch Good Fellow and The Rock Island Argus Santa Fund needs less than $5,000 to meet its $40,000 goal.

The annual campaign has raised $35,444.26 and needs $4,555.74 more.Additional donations would be greatly appreciated to help finish achieving this season's goal. The Dispatch Good Fellow and The Rock Island Argus Santa Fund has been making the holidays bright for the less fortunate for 105 years.

Last year, the fund helped 360 families with 909 children, plus another 260 low-income seniors and disabled people.

Donations from area residents, businesses and civic groups may be made in one of four convenient ways:
— Make a secure donation online at QCOnline.com/goodfellow.
— Send a check to Good Fellow, c/o Dispatch/Argus, 1720 5th Ave., Moline, IL 61265.
— Drop off your donation at the Dispatch/Argus customer service counter, first floor, 1720 Fifth Ave., Moline.
— Use the drive-through window at the circulation office at the corner of 6th Avenue and 18th Street in downtown Moline.

Donations only are used for special holiday assistance and not for everyday agency programs.

The newspapers' promotion department coordinates the program. Administrative costs are paid by The Moline Dispatch Publishing Co.

The Argus Santa Holiday Fund was established in 1908, followed by the Dispatch Good Fellow in 1912. The programs merged in 1987 when The Dispatch bought The Rock Island Argus. The fund is recognized as a 501 (c)(3) charitable corporation by the IRS.

Recent donations:



Lowell Johnson Foundation, $3,500    
Honoring Patricia Boyd for her years as a nurse and educator and for helping others, from Bruce and Sharon Boyd, $50
Pat and Nancy Eaves, $25
Anonymous, $30
In memory of Catherine DeJonghe, from the DeJonghe Family, $100
In memory of Ray, Dena and Glenn Parks, from family, $25
In memory of Frank and Gladys Dumolien, from family, $25
C.D. Thompson, $30
For Betsy, Molly, Jessica, Lisa, Katy, from Chris and Steve, $200
Dwight and Jean Schwertley, $200
Anonymous, $1,000