A $1,000 gift from Church of the Ascension Mistletoe Mart was among the most recent contributions to the 2017 Holiday Hope campaign, which stands at $7,545 raised so far.

Other donations received include $400 from Tom and Donna Berneski in memory of Helen B. Hill, $100 from Bebe Rush in memory of John Rush, $100 in memory of John and Agnes Moore, $50 in memory of Jean C. Schneider and Darrel E. Schneider, $25 from Joy Smith in honor of Gloria Bair and a $100 anonymous donation.


Holiday Hope is an annual campaign in which the Carroll County Times teams up with Access Carroll, Carroll Food Sunday, Neighbors in Need Year Round, Carroll Hospice and The Shepherd's Staff to help the less fortunate during the holidays. This year’s goal is to raise $110,000 for the five partner charities by Christmas.

This year, Carroll Community Bank is assisting the Times in processing donations. To participate in Holiday Hope, simply clip the coupon on page B10, fill it out and mail it along with a check made out to the appropriate charity to: Carroll Community Bank Attn: Holiday Hope, 29 Westminster Shopping Center, Westminster, MD 21157. The form can also be downloaded at carrollcountytimes.com/holidayhope.

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

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.

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

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.