Memorial donations send Athol Santa Fund over $10K mark

Published: 12/13/2018 11:50:33 AM
Modified: 12/13/2018 11:50:44 AM

ATHOL — With the season of giving upon us, hearts are filled with love and generosity as memories of loved ones and Christmases past flood each waking hour with the sounds and colors of the holiday whirling all around us. As we count down the days we are reminded of the less fortunate children in our area who would not receive a gift Christmas morning if not for the Athol Daily News’ Santa Fund, its donors, and the army of volunteers who help make the magic happen.

Thanks to those who have contributed to the Fund, many little ones will experience the joy of Christmas morning with the discovery that Santa has left them a special, wrapped present with their name on it.  

Today’s donations of $2,150, which are dominated by memorial gifts, push our running total to $10,549 on a goal of $13,500.

A generous donation was received from Denise Crowl In Memory of Scott Crowl $1,000; Ron’s Fuel Inc $200; In Memory of Richard & Eva Roy & Merley Bevis $150; Ken Vaidulas In Memory of Charlotte & Pete $100; Sophia, Evelyn & Chasen $100; Millers Woods X-Mas Fair $100; Carbs Hot Rod Club $100; SEIU Local 888 Athol Town Hall Library & Dispatchers Union $75; Nana & Papa In Memory of Etienne G. Lozier $50; The Chaisson Family In Memory of Etienne Lozier $50; N.Q. Chapter 340 Vietnam Veterans Of America $50; James & Elizabeth Bergquist In Memory of Ed Bergquist $50; Anonymous $30; The Mallet Family In Memory of Danny Mallet $25; In Memory of Paul & Helen Grits $25; Prancer $20; Vernalee Marie In Memory of Heavenly Loved ones & friends $10; Michelle Gallien $10; One of the Elves $5.

To help with the campaign to provide gifts to local children, look for the coupon in the Daily News and send a check or money order to: Athol Daily news Santa Fund, ℅ Athol Daily News, P.O. Box 1000, Athol, MA 01331, or drop off donations in the business office at 225 Exchange St. Donations may also be made anonymously, or in memory of a loved one.

Remember, we have an Athol Navy veteran, who, for the fourth year, is keeping an eye on the final sum collected. At the end of the campaign, he calculates 10 percent of the total, and donates that amount out of his own pocket to the Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center in Gardner, which serves veterans in the North Quabbin region. 

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