Holiday Hope: Campaign reaches $50K after large anonymous donation received

A $7,500 anonymous donation led the way among the most recently received contributions that have allowed the 2017 Holiday Hope campaign to surpass the $50,000 mark.


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.

Other donations received included $300 from Barney and Debbie Stambaugh in memory of Julie and Charlie Stambaugh and Eric Brawning; $200 from Barbara Smith in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Twigg; $250 from Al and Maria Velasquez in honor of grandkids: Michael, Rachel, Lauren, Jenna, Kevin, Kylie, Declan and Zachary; and $200 from Dave and Tammy Holtkamp.

Also received was $150 in memory of Melvin and Anne Jeffers and Mae Fryfogle; $100 in memory of Paul Harris; $100 from Tom and Norma Taylor in memory of Michael Bloom; $100 from the Weant, Roberts and Stoner families in memory of Brenda Barber; $100 from Shirley and Bonnie Stull Taylor in memory of Stanley Buddy Stull and Dot Warehime; and $100 from Frederick and Maureen Frevert in honor of The Shepherd Staff volunteers.

Additional contributions included $50 from Fred and Doris Dickmyer in honor of June and Bob Harrison and “Sis” Ganjon, $50 from Peter Turner in memory of Eleanor Turner, $50 from Ed and Lynn Gottleib in memory of Dick Metz, $25 from Mary Blizzard, $25 from Mike Litwin, a donation from Little People’s Place staff in honor of Mary Burke — owner of Little People’s Place and seven anonymous donations totaling $800 bringing the total raised to $50,078.75. This year, Carroll Community Bank is assisting the Times in processing donations.

To participate in Holiday Hope, simply clip the coupon on Page A5, 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 health care services on a sliding fee scale to uninsured and low-income residents to help patients maintain good health and manage illnesses.