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Donation of $2,500 sends Holiday Hope past $10K mark

A $2,500 donation from Margaret Boudreaux in memory of Rod Boudreaux helped Holiday Hope push well past the $10,000 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.

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In addition to Boudreaux’s gift of $500 to each of the nonprofits, the other new donations are: $300 from Rebecca Burkholder in memory of two moms, two dads and one brother; $250 from Dr. Dawn Thomas; $220 from Gary D. Oxford; $100 from Frederick and Maureen Frevert in honor of Shepherd’s Staff volunteers; $100 from Caroline Babylon; $100 from Joel Hoskowitz; $100 from WC Strauss in memory of Dorothy Strauss; $100 from Peggy Garber in memory of Gary Garber; $100 from Nick and Benita St. Amant; $50 in honor of Vietnam veterans; $25 from Henry Cooper; $25 from David Kennedy in honor of Ann Bosse; $25 from Tyler M. Falcone; and $5 from Brittany E. George in memory of Lenora McDade. Additionally, there were $325 in anonymous donations.

With the nearly $4,500 in new donations, Holiday Hope has thus far raised $11,350 for the five nonprofits.

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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.

Three of the five nonprofits have Holiday Hope online donation links set up. 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 ccfoodsunday.org/holiday-hope-campaign.

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 www.carrollhospice.org, 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 hspinc.org/give.

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

Go to www.carrollcountytimes.com/holidayhope 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.

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