- Published on Tuesday, 26 December 2000 19:48
- Written by Town Crier Staff Report
The holiday spirit is alive and well in the Los Altos area. Readers have already made contributions to the Town Crier Holiday Fund in excess of original goals.
As of this press date, the fund had $55,000, well beyond publisher Paul Nyberg's original goal of $50,000 for the first-ever Town Crier Holiday Fund. A new goal of $60,000 has been set for Jan. 10.
The Los Altos Community Foundation has partnered with the Los Altos Town Crier to be the fiscal sponsor, assuring tax-deductible status for all donations. All administrative expenses are covered by the Town Crier, so that 100 percent of the money raised goes to programs for needy families and children in Santa Clara County. Target recipients are agencies or organizations that are underfunded and doing hands-on work with the needy, especially with families and children, Nyberg said.
"Donors have said that it is our special group of small organizations that has encouraged them to give," he said. "Most gifts range from $25 to $100, although 100 shares of Cisco stock have come from one anonymous donor and $10,000 was added last week by the Homer Family Foundation of Atherton."
Among the fund's beneficiaries are: Truck of Love, which provides food and clothing for the homeless and helpless; Mother Branch, who offers food for the hungry; Career Closet, offering clothing and career support for unemployed single moms; Help One Child, which provides foster parents recruitment and support.
Other recipients include: Bay Shore Christian Ministries, which provides after-school tutoring in East Palo Alto; a dental voucher program through the Community Services Agency; Community Homeless Alliance Ministry; and the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation, which focuses on kids and families learning together.
The Town Crier Holiday Fund was launched with $26,000 in matching grants which means the first $26,000 in contributions were doubled. Matching grants came from Claudia and Bill Coleman; Nan and Chuck Geschke; the Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation; the Bill and Gay Krause Foundation; Paul and Liz Nyberg; and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Contributors should make checks payable to the Town Crier Holiday Fund. They may be delivered in person or mailed to the Town Crier, 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, or contributed by phone with a credit card by calling Gail Vanderberg at the Town Crier office, 948-9000, ext. 335.
Stock gifts are also accepted.