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By Jess Macinko
News Editor 

Local 'Warm Hearts' quadruples goal


“Exceeded expectations” is a modest description of Columbia Bank’s Warm Hearts Winter Drive this year. The Goldendale branch more than quadrupled its goal of $1000, raising a total of $4,242.86 and taking third place out of 143 participating branches.

All told, the combined Columbia Bank branches raised $209,335.96, beating its goal of $160 thousand by 30.8 percent, according to The Hood River News.

This is the second year for the fundraiser, which gathers donations of money and clothing for local homeless shelters. The Goldendale branch contributes its proceeds to the Washington Gorge Action Program, which operates homeless shelters in Klickitat and Skamania counties. Kristina Hughes, service representative and fundraising coordinator for the branch, said the key to this year’s success was consistency.

“We had a fundraiser every Friday,” Hughes says. The weekly events, which ran from Nov. 21 to Dec. 30, ranged from silent auctions to crock-pot sales.

Hughes said that despite efforts to engage local businesses, most of the donations came from bank customers. Next year, the branch hopes to generate participation across the entire community.


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