MASON CITY | Some elderly North Iowa residents turn to the Cheer Fund for help buying food, necessities and Christmas gifts this season.

An 86-year-old woman applied for funds to buy groceries, milk in particular.

“I’m praying for Christmas to help me,” the woman wrote.

A 74-year old woman in Mason City needs help getting groceries and a few other necessities including a new winter coat. 

Another Mason City woman has welcomed her first great-grandson in addition to her seven grandchildren.

She and several other family members caught pneumonia and are still recovering.

“I want to buy Christmas dinner for all of us,” she wrote.

In addition to dinner, she would like to buy gifts for her grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Cheer Fund donations are falling behind previous years, making it difficult to process requests before the holidays.

As of Monday, $56,356 has been raised. Another $68,644 is needed to reach this year’s goal of $125,000.

Can you help us help those in need?

The Christmas Cheer Fund was established by Globe Gazette Publisher Lee Loomis in 1927 so every child could have a present on Christmas morning. In the years since it has come to mean a little help at Christmastime to people of all ages.

Donations may be dropped off at the Globe Gazette or mailed to the Christmas Cheer Fund, Box 271, Mason City, IA 50402-0271.

Those in need can apply for help from the Cheer Fund at the Globe Gazette, 300 N. Washington Ave., between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Applicants must use the 2016 request form. Applications will close at noon Dec. 22.

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