A $500 donation from Dave and Conni Highfield in honor of Access Carroll staff and volunteers pushed the Holiday Hope campaign past $105,000 in funds raised, within $20,000 of the goal.
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.
Other donations mailed in were: $400 from Ron and Janice Martin in memory of Floyd and Treva Rimbey, Robert and Catherine Martin; $150 from Colleen and Gillian Blubaugh; $100 from Thomas E. Shaffer and family in memory of loved ones; and $100 from Jan and Alex Ober.
Nearly $500 came in online. Those donations were: $103 from Michael Armacost in memory of Harold and Doris Armocost; $100 from Maureen Fox in memory of Catherine Walsh Scheper; $100 from Johanna Brown; $75 from Ron Thomas in memory of Jill Thomas, teacher at Westminster Elementary School for 26 years, in honor of Zachary and Meghan Thomas and Olivia and Mike Mione; $50 from Marian Cheevers in honor of Jacki & Henry Reiff; and $25 from Linda Thompson.
Another $800 was donated anonymously, including $400 in memory of the Rev. Clyde Shallenberger to bring the total raised thus far for the five nonprofits to $105,494.
To participate in Holiday Hope, simply clip the donation form found today on page A9, 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.
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.
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.