The giving season has arrived. So as you dust off your ornaments, unpack the snowmen and scurry through your day, take a moment to remember the little ones.
Thanksgiving official kicks off the fund-drive for the Childrenâ€™s Christmas Fund. Last year, working in partnership, the Broken Bow Does, the Custer County Chief, the Childrenâ€™s Christmas Fund Board of Directors, and you, through the generosity of your giving, the Childrenâ€™s Christmas Fund helped make the holiday season a little brighter for 519 children and their families.
This year, the Christmas season may prove to be an even greater challenge.
The Childrenâ€™s Christmas Fund is a not-for-profit organization which helps needy families not just at Christmas, but throughout the year. During the holidays, it provides a Christmas dinner, a little extra for the pantry and gifts for the little ones.
For nearly 60 years, the Childrenâ€™s Fund has been helping those in need. It started when a trio of businessmen got together with an idea. They wanted to gather a couple of Christmas presents, a few trimmings for the tree and a little food for the families they knew to be struggling. Over the next couple of years as the number of families on the list multiplied, the trio went public with a plea for help. It wasnâ€™t long after that they asked the Broken Bow Does to help.
â€śI think it is important to note that 100 percent of the moneys donated to the Childrenâ€™s Christmas Fund goes to help those less fortunate and 100 percent of those funds stay at home,â€ť stated Custer County Chief Publisher Deb McCaslin.
â€śThere are no overhead costs, no salaries to pay and no advertising fees. Everyone working for and with the Childrenâ€™s Christmas Fund serves as a volunteer,â€ť she added. â€śAs an added bonus, 100 percent of your donated dollars are tax deductible.
Checks should be made out to the Custer County Foundation, ear-marked for the Childrenâ€™s Christmas Fund and then mailed to the Custer County Chief at P.O. Box 190, Broken Bow, NE 68822 so that we can formally thank everyone on these pages.