MASON CITY | Many Cheer Fund applicants expect to spend the holidays alone this year.

A 69-year-old Mason City woman lost her home more than a year ago and still struggles with the loss.

“Still depressed about losing my house,” the woman wrote. “Especially during the holidays.”

She is in need of food and necessities. She would also like to purchase a fruitcake.

A 61-year-old woman wrote that her cats are her two dependents and her only company this season.

“I’ll be alone for Christmas with only my cats, no family there for me,” the woman wrote. “I want to make it nice for my cats and I.”

She would like to buy food and a few gifts for her and the cats.

A 59-year-old Mason City woman lives alone on a fixed income and looks to the Cheer Fund for food each year.

“I need food to last till the end of month,” she wrote. 

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

As of Wednesday, $61,408 has been raised. Another $63,592 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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