Two separate anonymous donations of $5,000 each, plus 25 other contributions, have given the 2018 Holiday Hope campaign a big boost as it approaches the $50,000 mark.

Other contributions received included $250 from Bill and Chris Flanagan in memory of Sally Flanagan and Helen Kinney, $240 from Ron, Zachary and Olivia Thomas in memory of Jill Thomas and Brenda and Lou Waleff, $150 from Skip Fennell in memory of Sam Case, Dave Herlocker and Sam Alspach, $100 from Ed and Kitty Green in memory of Dale Green and Ben Stone, $100 from Betty Blauvelt in memory of Joann A. Rhoten, $100 from Barbara Smith in memory of Ronald Smith, $100 in memory of Gene and Marion Krauss, $100 in honor of best neighbors Phil and Caryn Leary, $100 from Gaye Grimes in memory of Frank Grimes Jr. and $100 from Pat Murphy in memory of Kathleen Huskey.


Also received was $50 from Burke in memory of Mary, $50 from Ben and Jean Repsher in memory of Olive Repsher and in honor of the wedding of Craig and Rika Schmall, $25 in memory of Harry J. Siegman from his family, and a dozen other anonymous donations totaling $700.

Holiday Hope is an annual campaign, now in its 20th year, in which the Carroll County Times teams up with Carroll Food Sunday, Neighbors in Need Year Round, Carroll Hospice, Access Carroll and The Shepherd’s Staff to help the less fortunate during the holidays. This year’s goal is to raise $120,000 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 donation form found today 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 donation form can also be found and printed out at

Donations may also be dropped off at Carroll Community Bank branches in Westminster and Eldersburg.

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

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 Hospice provides palliative care and support services to people with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

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.

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