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Holiday Helping Hand gets boost from Volvo to help residents of Franklin County

Public Opinion's annual Holiday Helping Hand campaign is under way, helping needy Franklin County residents during the holidays The fund is at $2,610, thanks to the generosity of dozens of people and businesses, including Volvo construction equipment/road machinery of Shippensburg, which contributed $1,000.

We're all feeling the effects of the economic crisis, but some a lot more than others. If you can donate to perhaps help with a home heating bill, put food on a table or buy a child's Christmas present, mail a check to:

Holiday Helping Hand

Public Opinion

P.O. Box 499

Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.

They should be made out to "Holiday Helping Hand." Money also can be dropped off at our office at 77 N. Third St., Chambersburg, by Dec. 31 -- in any amount. If you do not wish to have your name published in the paper, attach a note to your check.

Since 1987, we've collected more than $111,300, assisting no fewer than 2,025 needy residents.

Salvation Army is distributing the money.

n In addition to Volvo, the most recent contributors are: Richard and Lois Garman, $25; Dr. Howard and Barbara Hoffman, $100; Dorothy Schwamb, $20; Shirley Pugh, $100; and Harry and Esther Buck, $80, all of Chambersburg; K.R. Gabler, $25, and "a special angel," towns not specified; and Charles Rupp, $25, Waynesboro.

One Chambersburg resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said her $25 contribution is "in honor of my employer. This year, we decided not to exchange gifts at our annual Christmas party. Instead, we will each make a donation to a local charity."

Other anonymous contributions were $100 from a Greencastle couple; $150, $50 and $25 from Chambersburg residents; and $25 from a Fayetteville couple.

To get help

To receive assistance from Public Opinion's Holiday Helping Hand, you must contact the Salvation Army, 159 Lincoln Way West, to set up a qualifying appointment and complete an application. Its telephone number: 264-6169.

Article courtesy of Public Opinion, www.publicopiniononline.com.