Contributions of $2,014 from residents of Carroll Lutheran Village and $500 from the New Windsor Lions Club highlight more than $11,000 in donations received as the Holiday Hope campaign comes a close.

The total amount raised stands at $132,676 on Christmas day, surpassing our $120,000 goal. Amazing. Merry Christmas and thank you so much for your contributions.

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Additional donations received included $1,000 from Lisa and Curtis Choplin in memory of Evelyn Bennorth and Curtis D. Choplin Sr. and in honor of Aunt Virginia Moody and Roger and Barbara Bennorth, $307 from Little People’s Place in honor of our children and staff, $300 from Lyle and Juox Lettie in memory of all of our family and friends who have passed, $250 from Al and Maria Velasquez in honor of grandkids Michael, Rachel, Lauren, Jenna, Kevin, Kylie, Declan and Zachary, $250 from Janet and Kenneth McComas in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ringley and in honor of Addison, Aubri, Emilyn, grandchildren, $200 from Bruce and Sherri Wahlgren in memory of their parents and $200 in memory of Mike Spear.

Also received was $150 from Dave Curtis in memory of Andrew Curtis, $125 from Bob Alexander in honor of December birthdays of our family, $100 from Ben and Pat Crowl in memory of Ben Sr. and Annabell Crowl and Frank and Arlene Hoffman, $100 from Phil and Mona Canter in memory of Saul and Elaine Genedlis and Sidney and Annette Canter, $100 from the Caple family in memory of Kenny Strevig, $100 from Pat and Glenn Goff in memory of Don Lotz, $100 from Oscar Dixon in memory of Dorothy and Ronnie, $100 from Marlene Wiseman in memory of Richard Wiseman Jr., $100 from Donald and Leslie Nessly and $100 from Mr. and Mrs. William Powel.

Donations made also included $75 in memory of Anna P. Fuchs, $70 from the Freedom Elementary School staff, $50 from Dave and Pat Curtis in honor of Tom and Betty Curtis, $50 from Edgar and Jacqua McLain in memory of Larry George Pullen, $50 from Judy Zentz in memory of Robert Zentz, $35 from wife and children in memory of Brad Hayes, $30 in memory of Thomas L. Munch, $25 from Calvin Miller in memory of friends and family we have lost in the past — Betty Surasky, Martha and irvin Miller, Sharton Miller, Sally Disney Miller, Mabel Disney and in honor of Bethany and Tom Enoff and family, Dee Arrington, friends and family, and more than 30 anonymous donations totaling $4,535.

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.

A special thanks is in order for Carroll Community Bank for assisting the Times in processing donations. Any donations received after Christmas will be published at a later date. If you made a contribution, but did not see it published, please contact Times Editor Wayne Carter at wayne.carter@carrollcountytimes.com.

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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