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Hope for the Holidays raises $10,000 so far to help needy children

Tax-deductible donations accepted through Dec. 17 to benefit WINGS

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Arlington Heights resident Walt Meder, who helped launch the Daily Herald's "Hope for the Holidays" toy drive, said he's not surprised by the outpouring of donations to help needy children.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

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The Daily Herald's "Hope for the Holidays" fundraising drive, sparked by 90-year-old Arlington Heights resident Walt Meder, has raised more than $10,000 so far from 183 donors to buy toys and gifts for children served by WINGS, an agency serving homeless and abused women in the suburbs and their children. Meder isn't surprised by the outpouring, saying, "People are pretty good if they just get the chance." Donations will be collected through Dec. 17.
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