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Aided by anonymous donations, Holiday Hope surpasses $135K mark

An anonymous donation of $2,000 from a family and a donation of $1,000 in honor of Robert T. Scott pushed Holiday Hope past the $135,000 mark.

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

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The named donations were: $300 from Gary and Sue Suidikas; $200 from Victoria M. Mahr in memory of Josephine Minturn; $200 from the Ritter Family in memory of Jeffrey F. Ritter; $200 from Josie Woods in memory of Linda Mayo; $200 from Marian Bateman; $200 from Kathleen Blair in memory of Rome J Blair; $150 from Nancy Kaufman in memory of Edward L. Kaufman and Dorothy Huffman; $150 from Ron and Kathy Brashears in memory of Anna and David Brashears and George Golden; $100 from Mary and Mike; $100 from Bob Herbstsomer in honor of Charlotte’s retirement; $100 from Darlene Smith in memory of Dennis Smith; $100 from Jack Trageser in memory of Flo Trageser; $100 from the Garth Eckhardt family in memory of David C. Jones and Janet Land; $100 from Pat and Glenn Goff in memory of all the medical staff who have died fighting COVID-19; $100 from Frank Potee in memory of Pam Malick; $100 from Deanne Bellin in honor of Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Hinton, first grade teachers at Carrolltowne Elementary; $50 from Jodi Detjen in honor of Westminster Church of the Brethren; $50 from Elizabeth and Jack Heagy in memory of Vivian Ganey; and $25 from Austin Layne and Emma Layne in memory of their grandmother, Gloria Johnson.

In all, $4,615 was received in anonymous donations, bringing the total raised for the five nonprofits to $136,739.

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To participate in Holiday Hope, simply clip the donation form found today on page A6, 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.

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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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