Thank you. As the 2017 Holiday Hope campaign comes to a close on Christmas Day, your heartwarming generosity has resulted in $122,132.17 to be raised for our five partner charities — Access Carroll, Carroll Food Sunday, Neighbors in Need Year Round, Carroll Hospice and The Shepherd's Staff — to help the less fortunate here in Carroll County.

“A gift of this magnitude is quite frankly overwhelming,” said Brenda Meadows, executive director of The Shepherd’s Staff. “To know that this gift has not only been provided, but embraced wholeheartedly, by the wonderful folks of Carroll County is incredible and we are humbled that you allow us to be your hands in this community.”


“Truly, Holiday Hope embraces the best of Carroll County as neighbors reaching out to help neighbors,” said Ed Leister, the executive director of Carroll County Food Sunday.

The latest donations included $2,175 from Joy Bollinger in memory of George and Mary Bollinger, $200 from Jerry W. Frock and family in memory of Gloria Jean Frock, $200 from the Eldersburg Bridge Group in memory of Marcia Pettit, $200 from Bonnie Lusby in memory of Geneva Greene, $200 from Minda Nardone in memory of Pat Kennedy and Joe and Doris Heagy, $200 from the Maseth family in memory of loved ones, $200 from Lyle and Judy Lettie in memory of their family who have passed, and $150 from Linda Wright and family in memory of Jim and Rita Lankford.

Also received were contributions of $100 from Pat Albert and Brenda South in memory of Barbara Greer — “our sister,” $100 from Chuck and Vicki Griffin in memory of Bill Elliott, $100 from Lee and Marge Deavers in memory of Destry Krumrine, $100 from Sue and Dave Robinson in honor of new friends at Plum Creek, old friends of Carroll County, and Joanne and Jim Doyle, $100 from Pieter and Mary in memory of Steve Middlekauff, $100 from Pat and David Burkholder in memory of Mae and Kenneth Caple and Julia and Frank Burkholder, $100 from Bob and Paulette Dorr in memory of “our parents,” $100 from Alvie Spencer in memory of Phyllis Spencer, $100 from South Carroll Lioness Lions Club in memory of deceased club members, $100 in memory of Patricia Otto, $100 in memory of Jack Shanahan, $100 in memory of Viola K. Chalk, $100 from Becky and Bill Powel, $50 from Steve and Karen Covino in memory of Betty Hibbs, $50 from the Turnbaugh family in memory of parents Charles and Bertha, $50 from Ross and SueEllen Lau in honor of Chuck and Rosetta Dungan, $50 from the Lau family in memory of JoAnne Fischer, $30 in memory of Pete Nicholas, $25 in memory of Susan Westrick, $25 from Becky in honor of Brenda and Greg’s wedding, $25 in memory of loved ones — mother, father, sister, and 15 anonymous donations totaling $2,165.

The Times would like to thank Carroll Community Bank staff for assisting us this year, without whom this effort would not have been possible.

Nonprofits that benefited from Holiday Hope also wished to extend thank-yous and holiday wishes to everyone who donated.

”On behalf of The Shepherd’s Staff board of directors, staff and me, thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Meadows. “Because of these extremely generous donations, many families that are working hard to survive on a daily basis will have the opportunity to thrive. We cannot do what we do without your generosity. Merry Christmas!”

“Carroll County Food Sunday greatly appreciates the Carroll County Times sponsoring Holiday Hope and Carroll Community Bank for processing the donations,” Leister said. “We wish to thank all the donors for their generous support which allows Food Sunday to continue to provide a weekly grocery package to our many food insecure Carroll County neighbors since 1982.”

“All of us at Human Services Programs would like to thank the Carroll County Times, Carroll Community Bank, and those in the community who were a part of making the Holiday Hope campaign a success,” said Angela Gustus, the executive director of HSP.

“Thanks to your generous donations, our Neighbors in Need fund will be able to assist many of our neighbors who will experience a crisis during the coming year. It is only through the entire community coming together that we can continue to give hope, inspire change, and provide opportunities to those in need.”