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Pair of $1,000 donations push Holiday Hope past $7K

A $1,000 donation by Matthew George in memory of Makenzee Christian George and an anonymous donation of $1,000 in honor of all health care workers helped push Holiday Hope past the $7,000 mark.

Holiday Hope is an annual campaign, now in its 22nd year, in which the Carroll County Times teams up with Access Carroll, Carroll County Food Sunday, Carroll Hospice, Human Services Programs of Carroll County and The Shepherd’s Staff to help the less fortunate during the holidays. This year’s goal is to raise $125,000 for the five nonprofit organizations by Christmas.


The gift honoring health care workers made up nearly half of the $2,150 in anonymous contributions received via mail.

The other mailed-in donations were: $250 from the Smith, Parrish and Blacksten family in memory of Carolyn; $100 from Iva and Bradley Martin in memory of Ruth & Eldridge Martin and Margaret & Burnell Barnhart; $100 from Mr. and Mrs. H. Scott Carr and Family in memory of Marie and Jesse Franklin Baker; $100 from Lorna Rice in memory of Dana Rice and in honor of Norman Cary Jr.; $100 from Gwen and John Thompson in memory of Thelma C. Halligan; $100 from the Jesse E. Miller family in memory of Norma Jean Miller & David C Jones; $50 from Sharon Albright in memory of Dennis Albright.


Donations made online were: $400 from Margaret Sullivan, $275 from Ralph Woods in memory of Irene Woods, $200 from Wellington Cleaver, $200 from Robert Allen, $100 from Austin Hewitt, $100 from Morrisann Wilson, $75 from Carole Grimsley, $50 from John Bowersox, $50 from Clare Gaetani, $50 from David Stewart in memory of Alex Stewart, $50 from Amy Coleianne and $25 from Lisa Bicking.

Holiday Hope has thus far raised $7,025.

To participate in Holiday Hope, simply clip the donation form found today on page A3, fill it out and mail it along with a check made out to the appropriate charity to: Carroll County Times, Attn: Holiday Hope, P.O. Box 169, Westminster, MD 21158. NWSB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank with seven branches in Carroll County, is partnering with the Times to process the donations.

The donation form can also be found online and printed out to be mailed. Please do not attempt to drop off the form in person and please do not send cash.

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Three of the five nonprofits have Holiday Hope online donation links set up and the other two have plans to do the same. All five have reported lost fundraising opportunities this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Carroll County Food Sunday operates food banks for the needy in Carroll County. To make an online donation to Carroll County Food Sunday, go to

Carroll Hospice provides palliative care and support services to people with life-threatening illnesses and their families. To make an online donation to Carroll Hospice, go to, click on “Make a Gift” and follow the Holiday Hope link.


Human Services Programs of Carroll County provides assistance with rent, essential utilities and security deposits for people struggling to maintain their housing. To make an online donation to Human Services Programs of Carroll County go to

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

Go to to read more about the five nonprofits, for more information about how to participate in Holiday Hope and to see who has made donations this season.