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Christmas Friends donations at all-time high

The community has set a new record by donating $31,914.82 to Christmas Friends Inc.

“Our community is extremely generous,” said Christmas Friends Inc. president Fred Gaskins. “This will give us the best cushion heading into next year that we have ever had.”

More donations means more money to help the needy, said Gaskins. “We will have the flexibility to increase the allotment per child or adult, and to add to the number of people served—or both.”

The fund-raising goal this year was $25,000 and Christmas Friends’ spent $24,230, Gaskins noted.

The previous high mark for donations was $27,947.36 in 2006.

Gaskins also encourages recycling gift boxes. Anyone with leftover boxes after Christmas may leave them in the covered area at the Sentinel back door. Someone will check that area daily and move them inside for use in 2009.

Christmas Friends is winding up its 23rd year and it helped more than 285 low-income, disabled and elderly residents of Middlesex County. Hundreds of gifts were delivered last Saturday by volunteers.

Tax-deductible donations should be made payable to Christmas Friends Inc., c/o Southside Sentinel, P.O. Box 549, Urbanna, VA 23175. Call 758-2328 for more information or visit

Contributors will be recognized as Christmas Friends and their donations will be listed in the Southside Sentinel. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous should request that their donations be listed as such. Memorial contributions will also be acknowledged.

Recent Christmas Friends contributors include:

    In honor of Betty Page and Charles Bristow by Dolly Thrift, $50.
    In memory of “Dad-Bud Redmon” by Kathy Beale, $50.
    CMVRS Auxiliary, $85.
    Nennie and Jim Lennon, $75.
    Buzz and Fran Brown, $100.
    Anonymous, $50.
    In memory of Rufus by Louise, $100.
    In memory of Sarah Cross by Jim and Betty K. Kennon, $50.
    Stacy Gamage, Lachine Michigan, $25.
    Laurie C. Grecco, $25.
    Anonymous, $200.
    Anonymous, $50.
    Scott and Melissa Brannan, $250.
    Susan F. Williams, $150.
    Margaret Bajorunas, $50.
    In memory of John M. Bareford Sr. and Marden H. Bareford by Barbara and John M. Bareford Jr., $100.
    In memory of Thomas Bland Norman by Barbara and John M. Bareford Jr., $100.
    In memory of Fay N. Willaford given by Barbara and John M. Bareford Jr., $25.
    Helen and Leo Richardson Charitable Trust, $500.
    EVB Hartfield Branch, $100.
    Richard and Carol Clark, $50.
    Middle Peninsula Insurance Agency Inc., $200.
    Anonymous, $500.
    Tonya, Kathy and Donna, $30.
    In loving memory of my wife Sandra by Ken Jacobson, $100.
    St. Clare Walker Middle School 6th Grade Class, $384.82
    In honor of our friends and family—Hunter and Lisa Walker, $50.
    In honor of Jimmy and Diane Ward and Barbara Seitz in lieu of Christmas gifts by Jean Marshall, $125.
    In honor of Jimmy and Diane Ward and Jean Marshall in lieu of Christmas gifts by Barbara Seitz, $75.
    In memory of Barbara Shores by Boyd and Janet Loving, $50.
    Barnhardt Cont. LLC, $30.
    In memory of Richard Taylor Armstrong by Alice, David, Carol, Donna and Clay, $100.
    In memory of my husband Walter Boyd Hurley by Margaret Hurley, $100.
    Perry R. Mason Jr., $100.
    In lieu of Christmas presents to Diane and Jimmy Ward by Virginia Spencer, $100.
    Anonymous, $25.
    In loving memory of John E. Hunt, $50.
    In loving memory of Edna Mae Bray, $25.
    Total received this week— $4,229.82.
    Total previous week— $27,685.
    Donations received as of Dec. 22—$31,914.82.

posted 12.23.2008

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