Holiday Hope: With 2 weeks left campaign stands at more than $36.5K

A $1,000 donation from Ravens Nest No. 14 Sykesville/Eldersburg and more than a dozen other donations has helped put the 2017 Holiday Hope campaign past the $36,500 mark with two weeks to go until Christmas.

Other donations received included $400 from Larry and Sandra Leitch, $125 from Nancy Kaufman in memory of Edward Kaufman, $100 from Darlene and Lynette Blacksten in memory of Wayne Blacksten, $100 from Donald and Patricia Nusbaum in memory of Alexis Jones, Stanley Nusbaum, Ida Nusbaum and Alice Wright, $100 from Cori Brown in memory of Herbert R. Brown Jr. and $100 from Bob and Joyce Moody in honor of Dominic Jollie.


Eight anonymous donations totaling $725 were also received bring the total amount raised so far to $36,663.75.

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.

This year, Carroll Community Bank is assisting the Times in processing donations. To participate in Holiday Hope, simply clip the coupon on page A8, 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

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.