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Early giving brings Christmas Fund total to nearly $15K

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Generous Gazette readers have given nearly $15,000 to the Gazette Charities Christmas Fund during the early days of this year's fund drive.

All money raised by the fund will go to 10 local agencies that assist those in need.

Because Thanksgiving fell late this year, the giving season is a bit shorter, so please don't delay when considering a gift to Gazette Charities. The fund has a long way to go to meet its goal this year.

The Gazette covers all administrative costs of the fund. All gifts - in their entirety - will go to the people who need them most.

To give, look for the donation coupon in today's paper or go online to and click on the Christmas Fund logo.

Here's a list of this week's donors:

Vernon Bowen, $100

Betty Caplan, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Margaret and Marguerite, $100

Mary E. Dickens, in memory of Lewis G. Dickens, $50

Mr. Jack Fellure, $25

Elizabeth Chilton, in honor of my family, $500

Sara Hatfield, $10

Anonymous, in honor of Karin Fuller and Alyce Faye Bragg, $20

Ann Balkey, in memory of Ruben Jones, $50

P.C., in honor of Betty Chilton, $50

Ruth Peyton, in memory of Martha Wehrle, $100

Mr. James Hunter, in memory of Joy A. Hunter, $40

Jim Haught, $200

Kemp Littlepage McElwee, in memory of Collett Smith, $100

Reid Pugh, in memory of my mother, Pat Pugh, $200

Ramona Lockwood, in memory of Ernie Woodall, $100

Donna J. Shaver, in memory of my parents, Don and Vida Shaver, $100

Truist, $32

P.C., in honor of Beth Elkins, $50

William Gessner, Jr., $25

Roberta M. Spence, in memory of Cecil M. Spence, $50

Anonymous, in honor of Jesus Christ my Savior, $50

Doris and Jim Smith, $150

Anonymous, in memory of LCD, $1,000

Jamie Summers, in memory of Ethel Hunley, $50

William Chambers, in memory of Carolyn Perry, $500

Daniel Martin II, in memory of Clarence and Eva Mae Sydenstricker, $50

Carolyn Del Grande, in memory of Richard Del Grande, $200

Jerome Curry, in honor of President Obama who is trying to get millions of people insured, $200

Karen Gresh, in memory of Richard Del Grande, $100

Ezra Cochran, in memory of Jennie Ellen Cook, $100

Freeman & Chiartas, $100

Dabney and Daniel Phillips, in memory of Arthur and Doris Isaac, $100

Terence Barron, in memory of Dr. Fredrick Russell Sidell, Williamstown, W.Va., $100

Joan and Robert Power, $100

James Clark, $100

Gordon Moore, $50

Barbara Koster, in memory of Beulah Koster, $25

Helen Hatcher, in memory of O.W. "Bud" Hatcher, $25

Elinor Midkiff, $25

Barry Myers, in memory of Ollie Ward Prichard, $30

June Robinson, in memory of Mrs. Willie Robinson, $30

Anonymous, Peace on Earth!, $100

Ruth Juanita Ong, in memory of Larry Randolph, $50

Rev. and Mrs. Ricardo Flippin, in memory of Mary L. Flippin, $30

Anonymous, in honor of Logan and Mason, $25

Fran and Bill Allen, in memory of William H. Allen, Sr. and Ruby Allen, $50

Connie Stewart, in honor of Will, Clyde and Drew, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Bud Patterson, $100

Anna L. Greenleaf, in memory of Lenn "Ed" Greenleaf, $100

Joy and Jack Rossi, in memory of our parents, $150

Kathleen Trippany, $100

Albert Dress, in memory of Daniel Dress, $50

Carol and Dennis Flaherty, $50

Anonymous, in memory of Helen, $100

Anonymous, in memory of Polly, Ed and Quinnie, $100

Phil Lawrence, $100

Ellyn Goldberg, in honor of Rob's Fund & BNAI Jacob Synagogue, $100

Marion Baer, $100

Karen and Herbert Harr, $100

Camille Keller, in memory of William H. and Helen I. Keller, $20

Barbara C. Mason, $25

Anonymous, in memory of Elizabeth C. Smith, $50

Gayl<co > Tulley, in memory of Joshua Tulley, $100

Koleske Family, in memory of parents, $100

Sue and Ed Baldwin, in memory of Megan Baldwin, $30

Mary Lou Hatfield, in memory of Clifford Hatfield, $100

Leslie N. Johnson, $250

Susan and Trip Shumate, in memory of W.E. Chilton III, $300

Leona and James Piercy, in memory of Prue Piercy, $100

Anonymous (combined), $4,530


Total for the week, $12,097 Grand total, $14,967


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