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Bellringer tallies its first donations

POULSBO — A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and Bellringer has taken its first one toward its goal of $30,000 for the 2005 campaign.

Four donors stepped up to give $100 each as the fund began its climb toward what volunteers are hoping will be another successful effort.

With the rash of hurricanes and other natural disasters in 2005, the glass remains half full as all donations given to Bellringer stay in the North End.

Bellringer, a part of the Raab Foundation, which is administered by the Poulsbo Noon Lions Club, provides one-time assistance of food, help with bills, emergency transportation and Christmas food baskets through North Kitsap Fishline.

Donations to the fund can be dropped off at the Kitsap Bank branch in Poulsbo or the North Kitsap Herald office, 18887 Highway 305, Suite 700. Donations can also be mailed to Bellringer Fund, P.O. Box 1244, Poulsbo, WA 98370.

The help number for the fund is (360) 697-6087.

Starting Nov. 30, the Herald will again sponsor its Holiday Toy Box Drive, accepting new, unwrapped presents for local children. Toys will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Donations through Nov. 17:

• The Nelson Family $100 In loving memory of Sharon Nelson

• Little Norway Grandmothers $100

• Stottlemyer Family $100 In memory of Grandma and Gramps

• Helene and William $100

Today’s total: $400

Running total: $400, $29,600 short of $30,000 goal.

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