Christmas Fund raised $11,187.89


You probably thought from what I wrote last week that we were done for the year, but we have another round of donations to report. This week’s total of $1,828.00, brings our annual sum to $11,167.89. We are still far below what we usually collect, but at least we finally made it into double digits.

Our committee president gave me figures on how many families were helped this year and we were way above previous years and the change from last year is significant. We served 248 adults in 2007 and 303 in 2008. The number of children from 2007 was 190, which rose this year to a whopping 248.

Fortunately, the committee anticipates this kind of problem and plans for shortfalls, which means we were able to take care of every family that came to us.

The bad news is that eventually we may run out of money. Let us commit to redouble our efforts next year.

Donations from Walt’s Lynwood Market had inadvertently been skipped last week, so we have a lot to report from that location. We also had several donations that came in a little late, mostly because of the weather. At least one, however, went astray via the collection box for One Call for All. We didn’t get many personal notes on this round, so you will just have to put up with vague allusions to the donors.

The first to report is a nice fat check for $500 sent in from Pleasant Place.

Then we received $25 from a wonderful woman on Wyatt Way who used to teach home economics while her husband coached my older brother and his contemporaries on various high school playing grounds.

A very kind woman on Weaver Road gave the fund $100, accompanied by a note: “Thank you for carrying on with this fund. Here’s a little something to put in the pot for next year.”

Aha! We fooled you by cajoling our dear friend and editor into another column, so we get to thank you for this donation and throw it in this year’s pot!

Next, we acknowledge a $100 check from one of our favorite pharmacists that traveled to the bank for One Call for All, and then back to the Christmas Fund.

The last donation ($75) dropped off at American Marine Bank is from one of our erstwhile members, who also used to be very involved in the island schools.

From Walt’s Market, we acknowledge a huge cash donation of $228. The employees at Walt’s banded together to donate $75. Between the customers and the employees, it sounds like Walt’s Lynwood Market is a heck of a wonderful place.

Also from Walt’s, a $500 check came in from a couple on Baker Hill Road. A dear friend and retired partner of my father sent in $100 from Point White Drive. Walt’s collection box also contained $25 from Point White Drive. Wow, Point White Drive is hot this year!

To wrap up the year’s collections, another couple that always seem to help, sent in $100 from Seaborn Road.

Here’s to a happier 2009, though we go forward with the sad realization that we will be missing some wonderful family and friends. The best consolation is that new family and new friends will be joining us, as that is the way of life.

Thank you one and all for your support, your memorials, and your caring for your neighbors. This is just one more reason why Bainbridge is such a wonderful place to live.

If you haven’t yet given for the 2008 season and still want to, please feel free to do so. Any donations received after Jan. 10 will be acknowledged in our start-up column next year.

Donation locations: American Marine Bank in Winslow; The Bainbridge Review office on Day Road; Walt’s Lynwood Market; or, by mail to The Katy Warner Christmas Fund, PO Box 10354, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

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