Bellringer now within $10,000 of ‘05 goal

POULSBO — Just days after reaching the halfway point toward its $30,000 goal, a new batch of donations to the Bellringer Fund pulled it to within $10,000 of its mark.

The 53-year-old Raab Foundation fund, which is administered by the Poulsbo Noon Lions, annually helps hundreds of North Kitsap residents with one-time needs. Assistance has included things like rent or mortgage subsidies, utility payments and emergency transportation. The Lions were also out shopping yesterday for 78 Christmas food baskets for Fishline on behalf of the fund.

But community donations are needed to ensure that the fund can continue its mission into 2005. Tax deductible donations can be made to the Bellringer Fund at Kitsap Bank in Poulsbo, 19725 7th Avenue or the North Kitsap Herald, 18887 State Highway 305, Suite 700.

Donations can also be mailed to the Bellringer Fund, P.O. Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370 or to the North Kitsap Herald, P.O. Box 278, Poulsbo, WA 98370.

Contributions of $250 or more receive a receipt for the donor’s records.

Families, individuals and organizations will be listed on the front page of the Herald every issue as donations are tallied.

Community members can also help the Bellringer fund by getting their vehicles washed at Mike’s Car Wash in Poulsbo Village. Now through Dec. 31, owner Mike Brooks will be donating a portion of all automatic car wash sales to the fund. Last year, a similar fund-raiser made $1,375 for Bellringer. For more information, call (360) 697-1144.

Bellringer donations through Dec. 17:

• Dick and Donna Endresen $250 In memory of our loved ones

• Anonymous $10

• Judith Fuhrer $100 In loving memory of my dad, Ed Shields

• Harrison Street Design $100 Happy holidays and we wish you peace

• Dorothy Rasmussen $100

• Charles and Margaret Mathisson $100 In memory of Martha Ward

• Jim’s Auto Wrecking $150 Merry Christmas!

• Bob and Penny Prouty $25

• Anonymous $100

• John and Jacqueline Cane $25

• Anonymous $50

• Jeffrey and Laurie Tolman $200

• Elsie Bigelow $50

• $50 Santa’s Helpers

• Arne and Lee Stadshaug $25 In memory of Ed and Lois Stadshaug

• Arne and Lee Stadshaug $25 In memory of Oscar Jensen

• Leslie Oen $100

• Anonymous $200

• D.O.N. $25

• Ken and Birgit Schroeter $50

• Dan and Ellen Konopaski $100 In memory of Gramma Vi and Grampa Carl, Gramma Thelma and Grampa Mahlon

• North Kitsap Senior Center $50 Happy, healthy New Year

• Anonymous $500

• From the Groh Family $40

• From Catherine and John Ahl $100

• $50 John, Kimberly, Carrie and Kelly Tilton

• Dennis and Thelma Etchells $50

• Bernice Kristensen $25

• Anonymous $50 In memory of Bernice Nelson

• David Risley $1,000

• Delores, Joan and Peggy $60

• Jay and Sandy $2,000 In memory of Bernie, our Dalmatian, who was the best employee we ever had

Today’s total $5,760

Running total $21,696

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