Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund up to $27,546

Bellringer Fund as of Thursday morning - Herald staff
Bellringer Fund as of Thursday morning
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POULSBO — Donors gave $27,546.01 to the Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund as of Thursday at 11:23 a.m.

The final total will be reported Jan. 11, because some last-minute donations hadn’t been turned in by press time.

This week’s running total is less than the $33,061 donated in 2011-12, but more than the $25,590 donated in 2010-11. And it will make a difference in a lot of local lives.

John Macdonald, chairman of Bell-ringer, said he is pleased with this year’s turnout.

“Anything is better than nothing,” he said. “Bellringer has been around for 60-plus years. We’ve changed a little of the format, but we do the same thing.”

Bellringer now turns the funds over to North Kitsap Fishline, ShareNet and St. Vincent de Paul instead of waiting for grant requests. Macdonald said these organizations are better equipped to screen recipients, and he feels comfortable that the money is being spent wisely.

Macdonald said Bellringer keeps about $5,000 each year as a reserve fund in case of a “major catastrophe.”

“Fishline, ShareNet and St. Vincent [de Paul] all have a budget, but if they have excess funds, they’re going to spend it. We’re going to be kind of a cushion and sit in the back,” he said.

Mary Nader, executive director of Fishline, said her organization received $8,000 from last year’s fundraiser. The money helps Fishline clients with medical co-pays, gas vouchers, emergency housing, eviction prevention and utility assistance.

Donations are accepted year-round for the fund — P.O. Box 1244, Poulsbo 98370 — which helps provide food, emergency shelter and emergency financial assistance to North Kitsap residents in need. Donations are tax-deductible.

The fund was founded in the 1940s by Frank and Mabel Raab as a way for neighbors to help each other during emergencies. The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club administers the fund for the Raab Foundation.

The fund usually helps at least 300 families. In addition, the fund supplies Christmas food baskets to 100 local families.

Here are this week’s donors.

Week 7
— Herb and Judith Jewell: $250.
— Lynn Howat: $50. In memory of Dave Henden.
— Janet Standard: $50. In memory of my husband Lou, my mom Jenny Olson and my grandson Rhyan.
— $500: In memory of Daniel J. Lampe, from His Family.
— Kitsap Physical Therapy: $500.
— Eugene Thompson: $100. In memory of the Kokko family.
— Anonymous: $200.
— E’la and Donald Brick: $25: In loving memory of Rain Du.
— B & L Holm: $100.
— Jim and Mickey Henshaw Family: $1,000.
— Professional Fire-fighters of Kitsap County IAFF Local 2819: $920.01, plus a $100 Central Market gift card.
— Patrick and Sherri Burch: $50.
— David and Margaret Hudson: $500. In Honor of Al and Ruby Jensen.
— Anonymous: $100. In memory of Becky and in honor of Jeff, Pete, Steve and Mike.
— Anonymous: $100. In memory of Lion Bob Chamberlain.
— The Larm Family Trust: $200. In memory of Loring Larm.
— Christopher and Denise May: $150.
— Richard and Marilyn Brown: $1,000.
— Karl and Pauline Ostheller: $50.
— Anonymous: $500.

To-date total: $27,546.01


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