Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket donations now at $5,260

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By Denyse Clark

Neighbor helping neighbor remains the primary objective of the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Basket Fund which in its third week of seasonal collections garnered a combined total of $5,260.

HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster provides short-term emergency assistance to families in crisis. This non-profit, faith-based organization also spearheads the annual Christmas Basket fund and money raised through this project is used to buy food for needy families. 

HOPE in Lancaster Co-Interim Executive Director Ann Blackmon is appreciative of the community’s response to show support to less fortunate county families during the holidays.

“We are overjoyed by the amount of donations that are coming in and the families receiving the food are so grateful,” she said.

Donations for the third week totaled $1,915. 

Donors through Thursday, Dec. 19 for the Christmas Basket fund are: Men's Prayer Breakfast First Presbyterian Church, $200; Phil and Karen Neely, $50, in honor of Joe Neely and in memory of Nancye Neely, Hughston and Lena Frowein; Mary Barry, $50; Lancaster Ladies Golf Association, $50; Debrah Wade, $25, in memory of Ellen Wade, Joe Wade and John Michael Wade; Sharonika Wade, $5 in memory of Rita Wade; Anonymous, $100; Jean Love Circle First ARP Church, $100; Steward and Martha Beasley, $200, in honor of our wonderful neighbors, in lieu of exchanging presents; Billy and Nancy Taylor, $125; Zion UMC Chicken Bog Workers, $500, in loving memory of Eddie Brunson; Anonymous, $100, in memory of Junior and Lillian Robinson; Dr. Pierce Horton, $100; Lou Riddle Bible Class at First Methodist, $20; Winona Cox, $40; Anonymous, $250 in memory of Mabel Small; and Marilyn, Tommy and Rusty, $50, in honor of Becky Bowers and in memory of Richard Bowers and Dot Altman. 

To donate, make checks payable to Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund and mail to Christmas Basket Fund, P.O. Box 166, Lancaster, S.C. 29721.

Contributions also can be dropped off at HOPE in Lancaster, 2008 Pageland Highway or at The Lancaster News, 701 N. White St., and they will be forwarded to HOPE.