Bellringer passes the $4,000 mark

POULSBO — The Kiwanis Club of Greater Poulsbo Foundation led the way for the biggest single day the 2005 Bellringer campaign has seen.

By 3 p.m. Monday, Bellringer had collected $2,474, which is a giant step toward its $30,000 goal.

As it nears the $5,000 mark and Christmas gets closer, a sense of optimistic urgency has hit volunteers as many are wondering if they’ll reach the goal this year.

A later than usual start and a flurry of natural disasters have put the fund behind the eight ball from the get-go, but Monday’s mark shows there’s still hope.

Mike’s Car Wash in Poulsbo remains in the giving spirit as owner Mike Brooks is once again donating a portion of his proceeds during this month to give the fund a boost. Donations can also be dropped off at the car wash and Mike’s accepts credit cards for those wishing to make donations that way.

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, 18887 State Route 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.

The Herald is once again sponsoring 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 through Dec. 12 at the office.

Donations through Dec. 5:

• Kiwanis Club of Greater Poulsbo Foundation $500

• Marion Hansen $50 In memory of loved ones

• Lockheed Martin Employees’ Foundation $300

• Jocelyn Horder $200

• John Philipsen $100 In memory of Plue

• Frank and Sharon Scmid $25 In memory of Frank Raab

• Jan and John Bloomquist $100 In honor of Roger and Marcia Serwold and Ray and Margaret Bloomquist

• Jerry and Judith Jurgens $50

• Charles and Margaret Mathisson $50

• James and Lois Schoettler $50

• Jeff and Laurie Tolman $100 Thanks again for this wonderful holiday program

• Anonymous $200 In memory of Carl and Lillian Larson

• Bruce and Betty Harlow $200 In loving memory of Harvey and Charlotte Harlow

• Bellringer Jackpot $24

• Ronald Muell $50

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

• Anonymous $25

• Dan and Beth Olsen $100 In honor of our mothers Mary Olsen and Mary Mong

• Manny Correia $100

Today’s total: $2,474

Running total: $4,471,

$25,529 short of $30,000 goal.

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