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Holiday Hope surpasses goal, campaign has raised nearly $130K

A $5,000 donation from a local business that requested to remain anonymous has helped push Holiday Hope past its goal with a few days remaining to contribute.

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 was to raise $125,000 for the five nonprofit organizations by Christmas.


The $5,000 anonymous donation was sent in the form of five $1,000 checks — one to each of the local nonprofits involved in the campaign — and helped increase the total raised this season to nearly $130,000.

The most recent online donations were: $500 from Carmen, Canton and Crew Rutters in honor of grandparents Steve and Penny Rutters and Pat and Bonnie Hill; $100 from Mary Baran in memory of Madge Jenkins; $100 from Lynn Lentino; $100 from Robert Meekins in memory of parents Robert and Betty Meekins; $50 from Trefor Evans; $50 from Austin Hewitt; $50 from James Cleaver in honor of Jessica Cleaver; $50 from Ashley Bowen in memory of James Hill; and $50 from Norman and Lara Huffman in memory of departed family and friends.


Another $325 in anonymous online donations brings the total raised through the campaign to $129,599.

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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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

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. To make an online donation to The Shepherd’s Staff, go to

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.