Three large anonymous donations of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,500, and two dozen other contributions totaling more than $12,000, have brought the 2017 Holiday Hope campaign above the $34,000 mark.

Other donations received included $300 from Ron and Janice Martin in memory of Robert and Catherine Martin and Floyd Rimbey; $200 in memory of Melvin and Anne Jeffers and Mae Fryfogle; $100 from Gary and Deb Smith in memory of their parents; $100 from Susan Wiles in memory of Butch Wiles; $100 from John Seifert in memory of Nancy Seifert; and $100 from Betty Little in memory of Richard Little.


Additional contributions received were $50 from Ann and Steve Hull in memory of their son Bradley Stevens; $50 in memory of Robert and Paula Holmes; $50 from Burke in memory of Forever Mary; $50 from Thom and Denise Meads; $25 from Kimberly White and family in memory of Thelma Smith; $25 from Bill and Phyllis Kreimer in honor of Anna Lister; and a dozen other anonymous donations totaling $420, to bring the amount raised to $34,013.75.

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.

Carroll Community Bank is assisting the Times in processing donations. To participate in Holiday Hope, simply clip the coupon on Page A7, 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 health care services on a sliding fee scale to uninsured and low-income residents to help patients maintain good health and manage illnesses.