A total of 1,865 donors have given a combined $572,485 to the 37th annual Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, which is midway through its 2015-16 campaign.

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Donations ranging from $3 to $20,000 have helped The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy raise $572,485 at roughly the halfway point in this year’s wintertime campaign.

Thanks to the generosity of Seattle Times readers, the fund, which opened its 37th annual drive Nov. 22, is on a pace that would exceed $1 million for the fifth consecutive year.

Since the fund was created in 1979, readers have donated more than $19 million to help the most vulnerable and neglected members of the community.

This year’s midterm total is $11,000 behind last year’s drive, which was aided by an unusually large single donation: a bequest of $88,456.


Each year, The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy raises money for a group of charities that help children, families and senior citizens. Throughout the fall and winter, The Times is telling how the 12 organizations make a difference in the lives of thousands, and the impact donors can make.   Click here to donate to Fund For The Needy.

The number of donors is up this year: 1,865, compared with 1,607 at this point last year.

“I again marvel at the generosity of our readers,” said Alan Fisco, The Times’ executive vice president for audience revenue. “Thank you so much. Your contributions will help us support the ongoing needs at our 12 agencies. And, if you haven’t had the chance to contribute, please consider it. Every penny goes to those in need.”

The Times covers the administrative costs of the fund, which aids nonprofits that help children, families and seniors.

Some donors included brief notes with their checks.

“May the miracle of Christmas bring joy to all of those you help with the Fund For The Needy,” a Kirkland woman wrote.

Donations have included proceeds from a golf tournament, gifts given in honor of friends — living and deceased — and a donation in honor of the King County Library System.

The need is great. The Census Bureau estimates that 60,000 children and 20,000 seniors in King County are living in households below the poverty level.

Each of the agencies benefiting from the fund puts the money to work in a variety of ways:

With $25, Senior Services, soon to be renamed Sound Generations, can deliver a week’s worth of dinners to homebound seniors.

With $50, Youth Eastside Services can help send a teen from a low-income family to day camp to build self-esteem and social skills.

With $100, Wellspring Family Services can help find housing for a family that’s been living in their car, and cover their first night of food and shelter

Other organizations benefiting from the campaign are The Salvation Army, Childhaven, Hopelink, Atlantic Street Center, Treehouse, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Kindering Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound and Kent Youth and Family Services.