More than $8,300 in additional last-minute donations to the 2018 Holiday Hope received after Christmas have boosted the total amount raised for five partner charities to just over $141,000.

Thank you once again for everyone who contributed to help us meet and exceed our goal of $120,000. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


The latest donations received included $2,500 from friends and family of Jordan Davis in memory of Jordan Davis, $1,000 in memory of our parents and in honor of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, $1,000 from Liberty Street Rods, $376.16 from Deer Park United Methodist in honor of our volunteers, $250 in memory of Mary C. Haines and Earle George Maseth, $200 from Jim and Arlene Fitze in memory of family and friends we’ve loved and lost, $150 in honor of our family and good fortune, $150 from Dave and Patricia Wood in memory of Lloyd and Shirley Wood, Mike Cooper and Jeanette Cooper and in honor of Joannie and Bob Corkrum, and $105 from Gale and Michael Salter in memory of Charlotte Koontz and the first director of Carroll Hospice, Karen Feroli.

Also received was $100 from Zion UMC United Methodist Women in memory of our deceased members, $100 from Pamela Huber Schaeffer in memory of Cindy Maus Neidhart and Judy Mielke-Wilson, $100 from Paul and Amanda McCourt in memory of Herbert and Isabell Mullinix, $100 from Louise Lynham in memory of John and Alan Lynham and Sam Lynch, $100 in memory of Monica Troutner, $75 from Janet and Marvin Hollinger in memory of Suzie Thompson Rogers, Carole Arrieta, William Frock and all the deceased classmates of WHS 1960, $75 from Ann and Steve Hull in memory of son Brad Stevens and friend Anne Vandervalk, $60 in honor of Clare Kazyak, $50 from Thor and Dottie Dalebo in memory of Thor Odin Dalebo, $50 from Lisa, Warren and Sara Grill (Anderson) in memory of Richard K. Anderson Sr., $50 from Darlene Reaver in honor of Gloria Bair and Wanda Hall, $50 in memory of Walter and Virginia Reed, and more than two dozen anonymous donations totaling $3,500.

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.

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 health care 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.