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Cheer Fund applications

The Globe Gazette received more than 2,600 applications from North Iowans for the 2017 Christmas Cheer Fund. 

MASON CITY | A Hampton man with diabetes is hoping the Christmas Cheer Fund will brighten his holidays.

The 55-year-old man said he’s unable to work because of a foot infection that doesn’t allow him to put any weight on it.

“I’m a diabetic and fighting depression because of it,” he wrote in his Cheer Fund application.

His application states if awarded Christmas Cheer Fund assistance, it’ll be used to purchase Christmas dinner.

“Thank you,” he wrote in his application.

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.

As of Tuesday, the Cheer Fund has received $28,076.43 in donations, which isn't enough to cover the $46,500 in application requests submitted as of Nov. 30. The disbursement of gift cards is expected to begin next week.

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. Applicants must use the 2018 request form. The last day to apply is Dec. 18.

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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