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updated: 12/3/2012 12:48 PM

Hope for the Holidays: Can you give to help suburban children in need?

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Inspired by a generous reader, the Daily Herald's Hope for the Holidays campaign is raising funds to buy toys for children in need.

Walt Meder, a 90-year-old Arlington Heights resident who dropped out of school as a boy to find jobs during the Depression, says he still remembers how grateful he was for the small gifts and acts of kindness he received from strangers back then.

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Meder not only came up with the Hope for the Holidays idea, he made the first donation to the cause.

We're asking readers to join in the campaign. Funds will benefit children at WINGS, which provides help for homeless and abused women and children in the suburbs.

The Daily Herald will print a special thank-you ad featuring the names of donors, as well as a list of the gifts purchased. By accepting donations of money instead of toys, the Daily Herald will be able to purchase specific gifts on the WINGS list.

To make a donation, send tax-deductible checks made out to WINGS -- Daily Herald Hope for the Holidays, P.O. Box 280, Arlington Heights, IL 60006-0280. The deadline is Dec. 17.

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