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Clear Lake mom leaving abusive relationship requests Cheer Fund help for kids' presents

Clear Lake mom leaving abusive relationship requests Cheer Fund help for kids' presents

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Cheer Fund applications

The Globe Gazette received more than 2,500 applications from North Iowans for the 2019 Christmas Cheer Fund. 

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.

Cheer Fund donations through Monday, Nov. 26

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.

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.

Cheer Fund donations through Wednesday, Nov. 28

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.

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