Extend-a-Hand donations near $30,000

People have donated $29,624 this holiday season to Extend-a-Hand, The Bellingham Herald charity that helps needy Whatcom County residents with rental housing through the Opportunity Council and with medical prescriptions through Unity Care NW, formerly Interfaith Community Health Center. The Herald covers administrative costs for up to $50,000 in donations, so most gifts directly support people in need.