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From 138 to 26,959

The gifts of a few make a difference to many

by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher

LANSING, Ill. (October 3, 2021) – One of my jobs as publisher of The Lansing Journal is to ask people for help. It takes a community to run a community newspaper, so I am always looking for ways to invite more members of the community into this enterprise.

Sometimes we need story ideas — and we love receiving your submissions. Sometimes we need advertisers — and we are grateful for the churches, businesses, and organizations that pay us to deliver their message to our readers. Sometimes we need encouragement — and so many of you provide that through cards, notes, comments, and friendly conversations (see the sidebar). Thank you.

Underneath it all, we need financial support. We need to pay our reporters, and keep our website up and running, and send fresh headlines via email each morning. Those basics of reporting, publishing, and delivering news all cost money.

This month 138 individuals and couples helped cover those costs. Some of you joined us for the first time. Some of you increased your giving. Some of you told us you wished you could do more. Thank you. We are grateful for all of you.

Thank you, September supporters

Financial contributions from the 138 people listed below covered the cost of 108 stories this month, written by 11 local journalists and delivered via 30 different emails to more than 3,500 subscribers. Those stories were viewed 70,565 times during the month, by 26,959 different people.

Thank you, September supporters for making all that possible:

  1. Anonymous Partners
  2. Anonymous Friends
  3. Anonymous Supporters
  4. Anonymous Readers
  5. Anonymous Believers
  6. Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  7. Karen Adams
  8. American Legion Riders
  9. Donna Marshall Attinello
  10. Jennifer Avenatti
  11. Judith Beezhold
  12. Dan Bergan
  13. Barry Bergstrom
  14. Bob Boer
  15. Dan and Kristy Bootsma
  16. Josh Bootsma
  17. Susan Bovino
  18. Theresa Bresnahan
  19. Joseph Bugajski
  20. Marsha Bultema
  21. Maryann Centracchio
  22. Laurel Clausing
  23. June and John Cole
  24. Greg and Jane Compeau
  25. Marlene Cook
  26. Diane Costello
  27. Denise Cox
  28. Jeannine Cusson
  29. Kerry Czarobski
  30. Gina Danehl
  31. Antoinette DeLaurentis
  32. Debbie DeNardo
  33. Fran Duffy
  34. Barb Dust
  35. Rich Dust
  36. Roseann Dykstra
  37. Don Dykstra
  38. Alexa Edwards
  39. Sandra Farmer
  40. Frank Fetters
  41. Fine Tune Auto
  42. Marilyn Freeman
  43. Jim and Judy Friesema
  44. Tina Funchion
  45. Rebecca Garcia
  46. Edward Gonzalez
  47. Jose Gonzalez
  48. Evelyn Gossman
  49. Jacob Gourley
  50. LaGretta Green
  51. Audria Green Hawkins
  52. Cynthia Griffiths
  53. Patty Grigutis
  54. Cam and Megan Harvey
  55. Julie Hiskes
  56. Ted and Helen Hnatusko
  57. Marjorie Holme
  58. Mark Hornung
  59. Donna Huizenga
  60. Stephanie Jansma
  61. Melanie Jongsma
  62. Jean Klacik
  63. Frank Knittle
  64. Judith Koch
  65. Pat Kremer
  66. Cynthia Krusza
  67. Shannon Krzeminski
  68. Jill Laboy
  69. Pamela Lancy
  70. Bruce Langman
  71. Jim and Suzanne Long
  72. Luci Lugowski
  73. Rich and Diane Lund
  74. Kathleen Maanum
  75. Ralph Majak
  76. Jean McCall
  77. Dehlia Mendoza
  78. Lynda Mendoza
  79. Roberto Mendoza
  80. Christine Merchat
  81. Martha Montiel
  82. Joyce Mulder
  83. Chuck Murach
  84. Marilou Ooms
  85. Grant Oppenhuis
  86. Mary Beth Palka
  87. Thomas Panichi
  88. Robert Parrent
  89. Robert Paswinski
  90. Moira Peterson
  91. Gloria Piskula
  92. Susan Planer
  93. Richard Podgorski
  94. Rosemarie Polgar
  95. Jennifer Polley
  96. Jay and Chris Popp
  97. Dave Price
  98. Joanne Pritchard
  99. Lorraine Przybyl
  100. Jean Qualls
  101. Penelope Rellis
  102. Jane Roseen
  103. Jennifer Saia
  104. Wendy Sanders
  105. Carol Schaap
  106. Sandy Schultz
  107. Schultz Insurance Agency
  108. Dave and Janice Schurman
  109. Pete and Shirley Schurman
  110. Connie Simon
  111. Todd Simon
  112. Slaughter & Associates
  113. Michelle Smith
  114. Frieda Smits
  115. Richard Smits
  116. Kelsee Stallinga
  117. John Stole
  118. Carol Ann Surufka
  119. Jim Sweeney
  120. TF South Athletic Booster Club
  121. Linda Todd
  122. Karen and Gammon Trimuel
  123. Virginia and John Ulaszek
  124. Leo Valencia
  125. Lorna Van Kley – Bischof
  126. James Van Milligen
  127. Gerrit Veenstra
  128. Tim Vermeer
  129. Sandy Vree
  130. Scott Wagner
  131. Phyllis Warsen
  132. Waters Edge Aquascaping
  133. Dave Wilford
  134. Bob and Jean Wood
  135. Dana Wood
  136. Patricia Yos
  137. Chris Zdanowski
  138. Char Zralka

Thank you!

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


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