Here’s something that may not be news: Columbian readers are community-minded and incredibly generous!
With several weeks left to go, our 2020 People in Need campaign has already raised more money than it has in the last several years. We’ve received at least $20,000 so far, and all of it will go to local charities that directly assist people in need in our community.
We work in conjunction with several partners on this annual tradition. I have been aware of People in Need for a number of years but didn’t know much about it. So I asked Julie Sellner, who has been its coordinator for The Columbian, to tell me more.
She said the drive was started in 1979 by Publisher Don Campbell, the grandfather of The Columbian’s current publisher, Ben Campbell. We used to collect donations of money and items such as clothing and have recipients come down to the newspaper to receive their gifts, she said. For those unable to drive, Don’s son, Scott Campbell, used to make pickups and deliveries in a circulation van.
After that program outgrew itself, we limited the donations to money and partnered with the Community Foundation to collect and distribute it. You can send checks made out to The Columbian People in Need Fund directly to the foundation at 610 Esther St., Suite 201, Vancouver WA 98660 or donate online at www.cfsww.org/people-in-need. If you send the money to us, we will transmit it to the Community Foundation. The foundation will send you a receipt, since your donation is tax-deductible.