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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 single mother of three is seeking assistance from the Christmas Cheer Fund.

The 30-year-old woman who lives in Mason City has children between 5 and 10 years old and she is helping a friend raise two children, according to her Cheer Fund application.

Her application states if awarded Christmas Cheer Fund assistance, it’d be used to purchase clothes.

Cheer Fund donations from Nov. 30

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.

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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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