Holiday Hope: Total breaks $22K following three separate $500 gifts

This year’s Holiday Hope campaign is closing in on $22,000 raised after receiving more than 20 donations — including three separate $500 gifts.

The 2017 campaign recently received $500 from Joan Tait in memory of Ronald Tait and Selma Leonard, $500 from the Westminster Home Association in honor of past and present veterans and those presently serving our country, and $500 from Trinity’s Helping Hands (Trinity Lutheran Church — Smallwood).


Also received was $150 from Dolores Bankert and Janet Hollinger in memory of Mae Bixler, Carol Head and Craig Hollinger; $100 from Ruth and Jim Bard in memory of Mary C. Bard; $100 in memory of John Allen Smith Sr.; $100 in memory of Bruce Paul Eyler Jr.; and $100 from Dave Kruse in honor of those in need.

Additional contributions included $75 Ed and Penny Logsdon in memory of Marg Abershein; $50 from Nancy Griesmyer in memory of Robert A. Griesmyer; $50 from Cloyd and Barbara Leedy in memory of Millie Leedy; $50 from Connie Smith in memory of Edward Smith; $50 from Thom and Denise Meads; $25 in memory of Harry Siegman from his family; $25 in memory of Carl Motter; and six anonymous donations totaling $1,200 to bring the amount raised to $21,943.75.

Holiday Hope is an annual campaign in which the Carroll County Times teams up with Access Carroll, Carroll Food Sunday, Neighbors in Need Year Round, Carroll Hospice and The Shepherd's Staff to help the less fortunate during the holidays. This year’s goal is to raise $110,000 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 coupon on Page B12, 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 form can also be downloaded at

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

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

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

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.