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Concerned residents will have even more time to donate to this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund.
The local drive, in its 53rd year, collects monetary donations that help struggling Lancaster County families with rent, utilities, food and other needs. The effort is run these days by HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster.
Through Thursday, Dec. 27, more than $7,400 had been donated.
HOPE Executive Director Elaine Adkins said organizers didn’t set a specific goal for collections this year. They simply hoped that the community would openly support the effort as it has in past years.
“We just always look forward to people sending and giving gifts from their heart,” Adkins said. “We appreciate every dollar that comes in.”
Adkins said the Christmas Basket has aided many local families who are seeking assistance for the first time. And because of the need – and the community’s voiced desire for a longer donation period – the drive has been extended to mid-January.
“We see the need still growing,” Adkins said.
To donate, make checks out to Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund, and send to Christmas Basket Fund, P.O. Box 166, Lancaster, SC 29721.
You may also drop off contributions at The Lancaster News, 701 N. White St., and they will be forwarded to HOPE.
Following are Christmas Basket donations from Dec. 21 through Dec. 27: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Munn, $50; Mr. and Mrs. Stan Vandersnick, $50; Sylvia Hunter, in memory of Linda Williams, $25; Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Westmoreland, $40; Carolyn Taylor, in loving memory of Jake, Ellen, Evelyn Taylor and their children, $25; Maxie and Edie Robinson, in memory of Lewis Pinckney and Lois Ellis Robinson, Hiram Theodore and Minnie Christine Steele, George Kenneth and Louise Washburn, Eunice Robinson, Manning and Faye Stogner, Otis and Elizabeth Pittman, Jim and Kate Moriarty, Spencer and Sybil Robinson, Eileen Robinson Hill, Otis and Annie Mildred Faulkenberry, Leona Robinson, Caldwell and Edna Hinson, Ben and Christine Steele, Robbie Steele, Floyd Cauthen, Elinor Steele Robinson, and in honor of Malcolm and Joanne Robinson, $400; Men’s Prayer Breakfast First Presbyterian Church, $200; Mr. and Mrs. Tally Morton, in memory of our parents, $100; Class of 1952 LHS Girls and Friends, $50; Anonymous, $200; Darrell and Julie Walters, $100; Nannie Cousar Circle Shiloh ARP Church, $100; Au Courant Book Club, $50; Newsroom staff of The Lancaster News, in honor of Barbara Rutledge, $45; in memory of “Smut” and Josie Clark and Marie and Jeffcoat Bowers, $20, by family.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152