Extend-a-Hand donations nearly $43,000

Community members have given $42,960 to Extend-a-Hand, The Bellingham Herald’s charity, over the recent holiday season, and donations are welcome year-round.

Extend-a-Hand helps low-income Whatcom County residents with rental housing through the Opportunity Council and with medical prescriptions through Interfaith Community Health Center. The Herald covers the charity’s administrative costs for up to $50,000 in donations, so most gifts directly support people in need.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to: Extend-a-Hand, c/o Opportunity Council, P.O. Box 2134, Bellingham, WA 98227. Credit card donations are accepted. Details: Jackie Lafata-Rinker, 360-734-5121, ext. 333.