CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Gazette Charities Christmas Fund collected more than $8,100 in its first week.
It's a strong statement from our readers and friends in the community, but the need is great, so we hope the response continues to be as generous as we move closer and closer to the end of the holiday season.
The 2012 fund drive is for the benefit of the people in our community who turn to 10 local charities during their time of need.
If you haven't already given, please consider a donation. No amount is too small, and the Gazette covers all administrative costs of the fund, so every penny goes to people who need a hand.
To donate, look for the donation coupon with this story or go to wvgazette.com and click on the Christmas Fund logo.
Here's a list of this week's donations:
* Mildred V. Baldwin, in memory of Aubrey Baldwin and Megan Baldwin, $25
* Anonymous, in memory of Gov. William C. Marland, $10
Mr. & Mrs. John F. McGee, $500
Park Chapman, $100
Anonymous, in memory of Harold R. Fix, $100
Emma L. Kennedy, in honor of Sandra & Chris, $100
Terry Johnson, in honor of the Johnson, Morris, Reisch & Tekelenbueg families. Also, in memory of Ruth & Bob Johnson, $500
Lorena Ammar, in memory of Mary E. Ammar, $100
Ms. Karen Jenkins, in memory of Alma & Harold Bronaugh, $100
Joel Metz, $20
Jerome Curry, in honor of a majority of Americans who support humane Democratic Party values and returned President Obama to the White House for another four years, $100
Truist - Johnson & Johnson, $33
Larry Levak, $100
Luther Daniel, in honor of Mr. Samuel F. Daniel, $50
Kemp Littlepage McElwee, in memory of Collett Smith, $100
Anonymous, in memory of Bobby & Oliver, $50
Fred Ferri Jr., $50
Teresa Canterbury, $50