Fourteen donations totaling more than $1,700 have brought the 2017 Holiday Hope campaign to $38,373.75 thus far. Our goal is to raise $110,000 by Christmas.

The latest donations received included $400 from David E. Royer in memory of Camilla Royer and in honor of “my extended family”; $250 from Carolyn and Dennis McComas in memory of Sterling McComas, Cecil and Lela Ayers; and $200 from Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club in memory of past charter members of the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club.


Also received was $50 from the Harmon family in memory of Dylan Rodgers and Sally Preble; $50 from Stephen and Cynthia White; $50 in honor of Dogs of Christmas Past; and eight anonymous donations totaling $710.

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, Carroll Community Bank is assisting the Times in processing donations. To participate in Holiday Hope, simply clip the coupon on page A5, 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.