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Holiday Hope: Donation of $10K moves campaign well over halfway to goal

An anonymous contribution of $10,000, the largest donation received this season, helped push the amount raised for Holiday Hope past $70,000, well over halfway to our goal.

Holiday Hope is an annual campaign, now in its 21st year, in which the Carroll County Times teams up with Access Carroll, Carroll County Food Sunday, Carroll Hospice, Neighbors in Need Year Round and The Shepherd’s Staff to help the less fortunate during the holidays. This year’s goal is to raise $125,000 for the five partner charities by Christmas.

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Among the biggest recent donations were $1,000 from Joy Bollinger in memory of Chase Forrester and $310 from Ron, Zachary and Olivia Thomas in memory of Jill Thomas, a teacher for 26 years at Westminster Elementary School.

The other donations received were: $200 from Wade and Barbara Ollis in memory of Polly Ollis and Margaret Greene; $100 from Darlene and Lynette in memory of Wayne Blacksten; $100 from Oscar Dixon in memory of Dorothy Dixon and Ronald Dixon; $75 from Jean and Fred Lucas; $50 from Richard McKibben; $25 from Austin Layne and Emma Layne in memory of their grandmother, Gloria Johnson.

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Another $1,070 in anonymous donations brings the total raised for the five nonprofits to $73,182

Carroll Community Bank is again partnering with the Times to collect and process the donations. To participate in Holiday Hope, simply clip the donation form found today on Page A3, fill it out and mail it along with a check made out to the appropriate charity to: Carroll Community Bank Attn: Holiday Hope, 1010 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, MD 21157.

You may also visit Carroll Community Bank at its Westminster or Eldersburg locations and drop off your donation.

Access Carroll offers integrated healthcare services on a sliding fee scale to uninsured and low-income residents to help patients maintain good health and manage illnesses.

Carroll County Food Sunday operates food banks for the county’s needy from locations in Westminster, Taneytown and Eldersburg.

Carroll Hospice provides palliative care and support services to people with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Neighbors in Need Year Round, administered through Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., provides assistance with rent, essential utilities and security deposits for people struggling to maintain their housing.

The Shepherd’s Staff is a Christian outreach and support center serving those in need and encouraging pathways to self-sufficiency.

Go to www.carrollcountytimes.com/holidayhope to read more about the five nonprofits and to see who has made donations to Holiday Hope.

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