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Fund's donations keep flowing, even after Christmas Day | Katy Warner Christmas Fund | Jan. 8

We have arrived at the last column of the 2009-10 Katy Warner Christmas Fund drive with a fund total of $11,123.97.

On behalf of all of the elves propping me up as I write, thank you for joining us in making another Christmas better for our neighbors. It means a great deal to many people.

On a personal note, I would also add my thanks to the many donors who have written notes to me, not only in support of a charity that means a great deal to me, but also in solidarity of knowing that when one of our community loses someone dear to them, we all lose a little.

Each memory that is shared with me, each anecdote about my father or my mother, the fun stories of when I was young, these all help to add texture and depth to a time when I’m still feeling flayed by missing my mom.

I know that there are many in the same boat, as we have lost so many of my parent’s generation, and they did so much to make this community what it is today.

Before I get too maudlin, let us thank those whose contributions I have before me. Starting in my own neighborhood, I see that there is $100 from a friend way down the Point. She and I used to call each other to alert when one or the other of us saw a whale.

The next contribution comes even a little closer to home – $25 from a couple who were so sweet to call and ask if I needed a ride to the community Christmas party.

I had unexpected guests and couldn’t attend. (Is there a rule that husbands do that sort of thing... invite people and forget to tell their wives until just before the guests show up?)

My dear cousin and good friend (isn’t it nice when you can be both) has added $50 to our coffers.

I see that another of my mother’s friends, a woman who I believe was in the same arboretum group, has sent in $100.

We also have a $50 check from a woman who did not include a note, so I can’t come up with a clever way of pointing a thanks directly at her, so she hovers above anonymous.

Just after my accounting elf was finished with the above grouping of checks, I got a call from Walt, reminding me that the contributions at his Lynwood Market remained uncollected.

So I sent the elf back out into the cold to gather up the final purse, which included the following: $100 came with a note that says, “Delivered by the mayor for the BHS Class of ‘62 Misfits”; $229 was handed in by way of anonymous cash donations.

We are grateful to each person who stops to add whatever amount they can.

I have an envelope containing $130 for the fund, with the words written on the outside “from Marcia Tarabochia.”

Marcia passed away in October, another one of those losses to our community.

A woman from Jade Lane has dropped off a check in the amount of $500.

We have an envelope containing $100, with a note that indicates that $50 is given in the name of Bill Vokolek from the employees of Bay Hay & Feed; and $50 is given in memory of Nancy Lowery from all the Vokoleks and Scotts.

We also received a $50 check from a couple stipulating that it is given in memory of Bill Edmonds.

Here is another from Jade Lane, this check in the amount of $250. It isn’t a large street, but it is apparently a very generous one.

A couple on Crystal Lane sent in a check in the amount of $25.

Lastly, we have a $50 check that came inside a chickadee card with the entirely appropriate notation: “Just a little bit of yeast to keep the dough rising.”

Any contributions meant for this year that come in past our cut-off time will still be utilized, and the thanks deferred until we start up again next November. Donations may be made at any of the following official locations: American Marine Bank in Winslow; The Bainbridge Review office at Sound Publishing on Day Road; Walt’s Lynwood Market; or, by mail to the Katy Warner Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 10354, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Thank you.

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