A $5,050 anonymous donation has boosted The McPherson Sentinel Christmas Fund in the final days before Christmas.
The fund stands at $6,710. Sentinel publisher Randy Mitchell has a set a goal for the fund at $12,000.
“There’s such a need out there and most people don’t see it,” Mitchell said. “If we can help our neighbor, that’s what it’s all about.”
All funds raised go directly to the McPherson County Resource Council, which assists local families in need that may not qualify for help from traditional government agencies or local aid organizations.
The council has previously helped families pay rent and utilities, purchased gas vouchers for families to use to drive to and from doctor appointments and job interviews and helped in covering medical expenses.
Donations to the fund can be made at the following locations: The McPherson Sentinel, Bank of America, Citizens National Bank, Citizens State Bank, Farmers State Bank, First Bank of Kansas, Great Plains Federal Credit Union, Home State Bank and Trust, Peoples Bank and Trust and Sunflower Bank.
Individuals who have contributed to the fund include: Jack Moyer, LaVon and Linda Ediger, Peter and Roberta Leiker, Linda Poulseen, Phyllis McNaul, Doris Coppock, James Leach, Jean Nobert, Barbara and Robert Hooper, Charles and Theresa Unruh and an individual identified only as Engel. Several contributors have also chosen to remain anonymous.
Donations will be accepted through the end of December.
 For more information, contact The Sentinel at 241-2422.