The Columbian’s late owner and publisher, Don Campbell, originated the People In Need Program in 1979. He felt The Columbian, with its broad readership and spirit of community outreach, should be a positive force in helping the less fortunate in Clark County. Today, third generation owners, Scott and Jody Campbell, believe in the same founding principles of the program. Donations to The Columbian’s People In Need Fund are distributed to the local non-profits serving the urgent needs of children and families throughout Clark County, including The Salvation Army’s Adopt A Family program during the holidays.
You can make a difference in our community several ways:
1. Send a tax-deductible donation to: The Columbian People In Need Fund c/o The Community Foundation 1053 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661. Please make checks out to Columbian People In Need Fund.
2. Visit the Community Foundation web site to make a donation by clicking here.
All proceeds from your donation will benefit children and families in need throughout Clark County. You will receive a receipt from The Community Foundation for your contribution.
Single parent families. Grandparents raising grandchildren. Mothers laid off. Fathers looking for work. No money. No food. Everyone is hungry. Thousands of Clark County residents are barely able to afford the bare necessities, let alone gifts for their children during the holidays. Can you help a needy family celebrate the spirit of the holiday season?
3. Drop off your donation of toys for children, gifts for teens or gift baskets for a family at:
The Salvation Army
1500 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA 98684
4. Adopt a Family in need this holiday season by contacting The Salvation Army: 360-448-2880 or visit www.salvationarmyvancouver.org.
1. Going to school to better her employment chances, a single mother of three children struggles with impaired hearing as she seeks a job. A boy of 8 asks for Transformer toys but needs clothing, as do his two sisters: a 7-year-old hoping for some games and a 10-year-old who asks for a warm blanket set.
2. A special needs 10-year-old girl who loves to paint and draw (art supplies welcome) lives with a single mother who says she is "desperate for some holiday assistance" this year. She had to cut her work hours to care for the child, so money is in short supply. Because of the little one’s needs, Mom can’t put her in daycare.
3. Dad just returned to work after struggling with long-term unemployment and Mom, recently graduated with an Associate degree, has a promise of a job by years end, but catching up with bills makes it hard to buy the children the new clothing needed. An 11-year-old girl who likes penguins and Monster High dolls could also use some clothing. A 15 year old boy would like a football or baseball; two 8-year-old boys ask for dinosaur, alligator , car and sports toys; a 7-year-old boy likes Transformer or car toys; a 5-year-old girl hopes for Monster High dolls, puzzles or craft items. A 15-year-old boy also resides at the home.
4. Dad and an adult female relative reside at a friend’s home, and while Dad works full time, the family has been through some rough times, he says. Some community help this season would be appreciated for twin 8-year-olds: a boy who likes Legos and a girl asking for Monster High dolls. Both children are in need of clothing.
5. A grandmother raising three little grandsons could use a helping hand this Christmas to make their season happier. Struggling financially on a fixed income, she asks for some assistance for a 5-year-old wishing for Monster trucks; a 7-year-old asking for Transformer toys, and an 8-year-old who says a dinosaur or robot toy would be great. They all need clothing as well.
6. Mom is dealing with medical issues and is unable to work, and Dad remains unemployed, meaning providing Christmas presents for their three children is not on the horizon of hope. A 4-year-old girl says a Barbie doll is on her wish list; a 7-year-old boy hopes for a yo-yo or football, and his 9-year-old brother likes Legos. Clothing is needed by all of the children.
7. A pregnant, single Mom is hoping for some help to give her the little boys a good Christmas in terms of presents. While she works, her limited English makes finding jobs difficult, and with the new arrival due in March, time on the job would be limited. To help out, an 8-year-old could use a toy or two, but doesn’t say what he wants; his 5-year-old brother is clearly a Lego fan. Clothing and shoes would be appreciated by this household.
8. Mom does in-home care for some limited income as she tries to raise a 10-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy. He likes Legos and his sister is a Littlest Pet Shop fan. The children would benefit from new clothing.
9. With little in public assistance help for the family finances, Mom is working but just making ends meet. Some help is important for girls aged 9 – who wishes for art items or a baby doll; and a 13-year-old who also likes art-related items. Clothing is needed by the family as well.,
10. Recently finding housing after a period of homelessness, Mom and her 5-year-old girl, a diabetic, could use a bit of help from the community. The little girl likes Barbie dolls and needs clothing.
11. Living well under the poverty level with eight children is a trial faced by this mother and father who does not receive food stamps to help out. Dad works, but everything Mom has is put into caring for the children as she makes their clothing and shops for bargains at thrift stores. She asks for just one toy for each child to make their Christmastime cheerier. A 14-year-old girl asks for a wristwatch; a 12-year-old boy likes remote control helicopter toys; an 11-year-old boy dreams of a Lego castle; a 10-year-old boy hopes for remote control car; a 7-year-old girl likes Disney Princess or guitar toys; a 5-year-old girl thinks a doll house would be just right; a 3-and-one-half-year-old boy could use a tricycle, and a 19-month-old boy could make good use of some learning toys.
12. Living temporarily in a shelter home as she seeks her GED, a single mother of two small ones is looking for work, and says coming up with money for Christmas items is not possible. A tree and some decorations would be welcome, as would be a remote control helicopter for a 7-year-old boy and an eye-hand coordination toy for a 2-year-old daughter.
13. Domestic abuse leading to divorce has put the children of this single Mom through a lot, she says, and a nice Christmas would help them smile. "They have been through so much," says the mother of three small boys. A 3-year-old likes Legos; an 8-year-old asks for a soccer ball, and his 9-year-old brother prefers a football. Monthly income in this home is $700, but living with relatives is helping make ends meet.
14. It has been a difficult pregnancy for Mom who will not deliver the new arrival until 2014. Dad is disabled and so income is sparse in this home with five children: a 10-month-old boy who could use some learning toys; a 5-year-old girl asking for Barbie items; an 8-year-old boy who says a skateboard would be nice, as does his 11-year-old brother; and a 13-year-old boy asking for some sort of sports ball.
15. Mom is single and looking for work as she struggles to make do with $166 in income, plus food stamp assistance, to raise two girls. Some nice things for Christmas would cheer up the children this season with a Monster High doll for a 9-year-old and a "One Direction" band CD for a 14-year-old.
16. Mom may be back on full time before Christmas, but has lost lots of hours due to an injury. She is struggling to pay some back taxes and make the bills at the same time, which isn’t easy with two small boys who need to be cared for along the way. To help out, a 4-year-old likes Disney items. His 10-year-old brother says a movie gift card would be an exciting gift.
17. Mom and Dad are paying the bills with a $1,300 monthly income, but that doesn’t leave much Christmas gift money afterwards. A Batman car would help bring a smile to the face of a 5-year-old boy, and his 7-year-old sister says Barbie items are her favorite.
18. Grandmother has her hands full with an adult daughter who suffers from mental health problems living at the residence, along with a 3-year-old autistic grandson. The little one likes View Master disks and would love a "Cars" movie CD to watch.
19. There’s $1,125 in household income and some food stamps, but that leaves little or nothing for Christmas gifts for a single Mom’s two children: a 4-year-old boy who requests art supplies, and an 11-year-old girl who likes Magnetix magnetic play items.
20. A 5-year-old boy living with his single Mom and 6-year-old sister suffers from shaken baby syndrome and needs special medical care. Mom is trying to attend school to improve her job opportunities as she raises the two little ones as well as a 16-year-old sister. The little girl asks for a guitar, and the boy likes recorded piano music.
21. Dad, who suffers from a disability, recently lost his job, but is now employed as this family of six struggles to catch up financially. Mom is working toward her GED to improve the family financial outlook with a potential for another job. They have three children, plus a nephew that came to live with them recently. Children’s requests include Bionicles for 7-year-old son and 6-year-old nephew; Hello Kitty items for a 5-year-old girl; something Batman for a 3-year-old boy.
22. Mom has not worked since March and has been living on a $400 unemployment check each month to support her and a 9-year-old girl who likes roller blades. A helping hand from the community would help brighten their Christmas celebration.
23. Mom says her financial predicament is "horrible," and she hopes for some food and perhaps a present or two for her daughter of eight, who would like a Monopoly board game and maybe an art kit. This is their first time in a needy situation, says the mother, who is living on $590 from Social Security and $350 in food stamps per month to get by.
24. Mom and Dad live on $2,050 a month to support their three children, and a broken arm recently sustained by their 2-year-old boy resulted in hospital expenses that had to be paid for in cash, since there was no insurance for coverage. He could us a Glow Pet Penguin to help heal his hurt. His sisters also want Glow Pets: a Unicorn for a 4-year-old and a Snail for a 6-year-old.
25. Raising three boys isn’t easy for a single Mom who recently lost her job and is barely making rent payments. To help out, a 4-year-old asks for Legos; a 7-year-old wants a scooter, and a 13-year-old requests a skateboard.
26. Single mom with 2 children. Prior Domestic Violence. Studying to improve job outlook. Son with disabilities and struggles with insurance. Son is asking for Disney Cars and Planes and daughter is asking for Barbie items.
27. Money is running out, says a mother of four, who fears homelessness may be nearing. Without some help, the Children will go without presents on Christmas. To make sure that doesn’t happen, a 5-year-old girl asks for dolls; a 7-year-old boy requests Legos; a 10-year-old girl likes make-up items, and a 13-year-old boy is a Legos fan.
28. Mother and her three little boys just moved to Vancouver and is staying with family while she looks for a job and housing. Meanwhile, some community help would make their Christmas merrier if the children aged four, six and eight could open some learning toys on the big day.
29. Homeless for several months, Mom and her three little ones recently found an apartment of their own, but they live on a limited Social Security income of $235 a month. To help out, Santa might bring some Legos for a 12-year-old boy; Monster High dolls for a 7-year-old girl, and any "Cars" toys for a 2-year-old boy.
30. Dad says he was making "excellent money" until he lost his job a few years ago, and while he has found work as a cook, there is a very limited income in this home where he and his wife raise two little boys. A 5-year-old asks for a Glow Pet, and a 9-year-old hopes for a planetarium.
31. Struggling single mom going through the hardest time in her life. Working but all her money goes for rent and bills. Not on any subsidy programs or assistance. The 9 year old girl is asking for a bed comforter set in purple/Barbie, 6 year old girl is asking for a pink princess bed comforter and the 7 year old boy is asking for a bed comforter in dark blue.