POULSBO — Donations to the Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund totaled $20,076 on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
The week’s gifts included anonymous donations ranging from $20 to $1,200. All told, $9,600 was donated this week.
Mike’s Car Wash in Poulsbo has pledged to the fund a portion of proceeds from car washes through the end of the year.
The Lions hope to raise $35,000 to help meet local needs. Last year, $33,061 in donations provided 102 Christmas dinners for local families and helped more than 300 local people in crisis.
Donations can be delivered to the Herald, 19351 8th Ave. NE, Suite 205, Poulsbo; or mailed to P.O. Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370.
The fund is a proud local tradition that dates back to 1946, when Frank and Mabel Raab founded the fund as a way for local residents to help meet the needs of their neighbors. The fund is part of the Raab Foundation, but is administered by the Poulsbo Noon Lions Club.
Bellringer Fund chairman John Macdonald, a Poulsbo CPA, said there is no overhead. Every penny goes to local needs. Contributions are tax-deductible.
The Bellringer Fund will use about $5,000 to provide those Christmas food baskets. The remainder of the funds will be distributed to North Kitsap Fishline, Kingston ShareNet and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Those organizations will use the money to help people stay in their homes, keep the lights and heat on, and meet other needs.
— The Red Hat Sassy Sisters of Little Norway: $195.
— Patrice and David O’Morchoe: $100. In memory of Joan (Cissy) Nenstiel.
— Mary and Al Carter: $50.
— The Petersens: $200.
— $250: In appreciation of Lou and Anita Puzon
— Jim and Mary Groh: $80.
— Anonymous: $1,200.
— Harold and Ardys Richardson: $100. In memory of loved ones: Leo Strand, Greg Richardson, Claude A. Richardson Jr., Claude A. Richardson Sr., and Lettie B. Richardson.
— Anonymous: $150. In honor of Ethan, Natalie, Henry, Bridget and Isaac.
— Anonymous: $101. Remembering Steve.
— Margaret and Neil Storey: $200. In memory of our mothers.
— $300: Merry Christmas everyone, from The Six Pak.
— Edward Forman: $100.
— From Me and From Gene: $100. In honor of Dale Fullerton.
— Dale and Barbara Rudolph: $100.
— George and June Burt: $200. In loving memory of our daughter Laurie Burt and parents Hjalmer and Agnes Olson.
— Jerry and Janet Deardorff: $50. To our friends in need.
— John and Sylvia Castleman: $50. In loving memory of daughter Vicky.
— Anonymous: $20.
— Mike and Marlene Hattrick: $50. In memory of Margaret and Al Brooks.
— The Teddy Bear Coalition: $1,000, plus 25 Teddy Bears, 2 Bicycles, a Mini ATV and a Mini Motorcycle.
— Sandi Jackson: $50. In memory of Mom, Dad, Hap and Carrie.
— Stephen Anderson: $100. In honor of IBEW retirees.
— Genevieve Gorman: $100.
— $250: In appreciation of Vern and Nita Johnson.
— Anonymous: $100. In memory of Mary.
— Nancy Johnson: $50.
— $250: In appreciation of Barbara Grout.
— Herb and Elda Armstrong: $100. In honor of family.
— Jon and Elizabeth Schneidler: $200. In memory of Bill Sudduth and Bob Alford.
— Phyllis Ruckel: $100.
— $100: In memory of Bill and Regina from Don and Jean.
— The Caldart Family: $300. In memory of Clyde.
— Lorene Klamke: $100. A time for sharing.
— John and Jacquie Cain: $50. In memory of Mickey Cain and Iva Ottersbach.
— $100: From Dianne in memory of Ben.
— David and Dorothy Benson: $100.
— Jeff Tolman, Mike Kirk and Matt Clucas of Tolman Kirk Clucas, PLLC: $250. Thanks for your great work!
— Geri Vondersmith: $25. In memory of Delmer Freiboth. “Missing you” — Geri.
— The Nelson Family: $100. In loving memory of Larry Nelson and Alex O’Handley.
— Poulsbo Daughters of Norway Nina Grieg Lodge No. 40: $100.
— Vivian Whipp: $50. Thank you to the Poulsbo Yacht Club for a Ship Parade Greeting.
— Eleanor Magnuson: $50.
— $250: In appreciation of the caring and welcoming staff at the Silverdale Retina Center.
— Sue Guldjord: $100. In memory of Bruce.
— Jan Seifert: $100. Merry Christmas to All.
— Chris and Suzanne Tapper: $50. Happy Holidays.
— Willa A. Fisher, MD: $100.
— Douglas and LeAnn Mong: $100. In loving memory of Fritz Brost, Harold and Mary Mong.
— Warren Tytler: $100.
— Donna Svarthumle and Helga Husby: $25. In memory of Ray, Ozzie, Palma and our friends.
— Merna Nordstrom: $20.
— Poulsbo Mini Storage: $100.
— Stephen and Kristi Growdon: $100. In memory of Elaine Turner.
— Jerry and Gladys Parrish: $100.
— John Nelson: $200.
— Richard Wright: $434.
— Sandi and Jay Dahlquist: $80.
— Donna L. Endresen: $200. In memory of our loved ones.
— Ed Stern: $200. In memory of Jimmy Anderson.
— Robin and Ross Springer: $100. For my perfect grandkids Camryn, Clair and Keenan.
— Anne LaValle/Silpada Designs Jewelry: $50.
— Anonymous: $50.
— Poulsbo Noon Lions Club: $300.
To-date total: $20,076
Week’s total: $9,680