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Holiday Hope fundraising campaign hits $100K

A pair of $1,000 donations helped Holiday Hope reach a major milestone: $100,000 in funds raised with a week remaining to send in donations.

Holiday Hope is an annual campaign, 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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The two $1,000 donations came from Shiloh United Methodist Church in honor of Pastor Barbara Allen and from Karen and Robert J. Miller in memory of Rita and Bob Miller, Kay and Walter Gomulka, Terry Gomulka and Steve Gomulka.

The other donations were: $900 from Westminster United Methodist Women in honor of Sally Stair; $500 from Patapsco United Methodist Church in honor of Pastor Barbara Allen; $500 from John Myers and Julie Ward in honor of WHS LLC CPA’s Team Members; $500 from Donna Berneski in memory of Thomas W. Berneski; $500 from Marcia Leiter in memory of Harry Graybill and in honor of Gerry Graybill; $500 from Ray and Linda Albert in memory of James P. Earp, Ph.D WMC; $400 from Sandy Crouse in memory of Kathy Crouse and George Crouse; $400 from Jean and Nancy Rouchard in memory of “our parents” and Mitch; $300 from Terry Brothers in honor of Christopher, Ally, Wyatt, Austin, Kevin Brothers and Keri Connell; $200 from Dolores M. Bankert in memory of Raymond Bankert, Charles and Mae Bixler, Carol Head, Craig Hollinger and Marvin Hollinger; $125 from Gene and Betty Hardesty in honor of “our grandchildren” Matthew, Lindsay, Kendall, Destin and Alexa; $125 from Janet Hollinger in memory of Marvin Hollinger, Craig Hollinger, Carole Arrieta, Mazie”Suzie”Thompson Rogers, Robert Seipp, and William “Bill”Frock and in honor of Suzanne, David, Evan and Riley Hollinger.

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Additionally, $1,515 in anonymous donations brings the total raised for the five nonprofits to $102,991.

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.

Four 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.

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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.

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 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. To make an online donation to The Shepherd’s Staff, go to shepstaff.org/product/donation-in-memory-of.

Go to 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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