Thank you. Twenty-five donations received totaling more than $3,000 were enough to push us over the top and surpass our goal of $120,000 a day before our Christmas deadline. The Carroll County Times and our five partner charities wish to thank everyone who generously gave to the campaign to help others in our community.

The latest donations received included $500 from the Conroys in memory of Dad, Pat and Chuck, $450 from Ralph and Josie Woods in memory of Linda Mayo and Irene Woods, $300 from Butcher family in memory of Paul E. Harris, $220 from Westminster Post Office Retirees, $150 from Richard and Grace Poole in memory of Ruth Shipley, LaRue Sipes and Virginia Bailey, $150 in memory of Matthew and Irene Ruppalt and $150 in memory of Richard G. Polites.

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Also received was $100 from Sharon, Bobby, Hayley and Zachary Summers in memory of Robert E. Summers Sr., $100 from Kathy Reiker in memory of baby Nikke Wolf, Stanley Reiker, Fred Boden, Bill Less, Clair Study, and Dick Study, $100 from Joe and Dixie Ferrera in memory of Kent and Doris Dixon and Nick Ferrera, $100 from Larry and Betty Dutterer in memory of Nancy S. Dutterer, $100 from Joanne Cooney Wood in memory of son John Cooney, $100 from Tom Hersh in honor of Jim, Suzanne, Emily, Sam and Zack Peters, $100 in honor of the Sanibel Sisters, $100 from Joe and Leslie Gassner, $75 from Glenn and Barb Dusman in memory of Skip and Pat Carr, $50 from Mr. and Mrs. Christopher in memory of W. Jonathan Christopher, $50 from Ed and Lynn Gottleib in memory of Dick Metz, $50 in memory of Paul and Grace Weidner, $50 from Glen and Barb Dusman, $25 from Julia A. Hamilton in memory of Paul and Irene Flynn, $25 in honor of Joyce McCloskey, $25 in honor of Phyllis Burkhart and a pair of anonymous donations totaling $110.

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 was 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, 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 www.carrollcountytimes.com/holidayhope.

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.

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