CLEAR LAKE | A Clear Lake woman is asking the Christmas Cheer Fund to help her purchase gifts for her four children this season.
The woman, 32, said she’s going through a divorce.
“There is a (no-contact order) against my husband because he is abusive,” she wrote in her Cheer Fund application.
She has four children between 4 and 11 years old.
The woman said if awarded Christmas Cheer Fund assistance, it would be used to purchase presents for her children.
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Since the Cheer Fund began in 1927, more than $3 million has been raised to help about 2,700 North Iowa families.
This year’s goal is $125,000.
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 or mailed to the Globe Gazette office, 300 N. Washington Ave., Mason City, IA 50402-0271.
Any remaining funds not distributed for the holidays will be given to local nonprofits. The Christmas Cheer Fund balance will return to $100 in January to maintain the checking account.
Those in need can apply for help from the Cheer Fund at the Globe Gazette between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 18. Applicants must use the 2018 request form.
Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.