As hard as it is to believe, we are into the final days of the 12th edition of The Daily News Christmas Cheer Fund.
We are proof that time really does fly when you are having fun.
This is the week when things really hum around here. Rest assured that the elves completed their shopping a while back, so were able to spend last weekend getting lots of rest.
They are ready for what will be a big week.
We know that Jim Doan, the sensei at Western Karate Academy, will bring in a nice cheque.
As well, we'll hear from Dean Nicholson and the gang at Investors Group Financial Services. Someone will stop by High Octane Comics and Collectibles and pick up the Cheer can that is on the counter there every day of the year.
And we know there will be a bucket of change coming from the girls at Curves on Laval Crescent.
We also are close to our annual visit from the Kamloops senior hockey players. Norio Sakaki, Gordon Bell, Bob Esdale, Clay Moser, Bruce White and the guys will hold their Christmas party on Wednesday and there will be fundraising done on our behalf.
We can hardly wait!
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We heard from more old friends on Monday, too, like Velma Dale, who sends "best wishes to all the elves — you're doing a great job!"
Yes, they are, so keep the greetings coming.
Joanne and John Soberlak are on board with us again, as are Terry and Richard Taylor, Sue Runzer and Margaret Iglesias.
Eagle-eyed Grace and John Makortoff, who annually donate money that they find while walking in our fair city, also are back, and we appreciate it.
Merry Christmas, folks!
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If you're in the market for a quality leather jacket, keep in mind that we are taking bids on a limited edition jacket that was donated by Leroy (Krazyboy) Connell.
The leading bid is at $510. This jacket that normally retails for about $800.
If you would like to make a bid, call our front desk (250-372-2331) or stop by our office at 393 Seymour St. The deadline is Friday, at 3 p.m.
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If you are interested in making a donation, please be aware that The Daily News handles any administrative costs involved with the operation of this fund. Thus, all the money that comes in goes to local charities.
This year, the fund is being shared by the Kamloops Food Bank, the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, the New Life Mission, the Kamloops United Church's PIT Stop program, and the YMCA-YWCA Y Women's Shelter.
If you would like to donate, all you have to do is stop by our office at 393 Seymour St., where one of our smiling elves will help you. Or you are free to use one of the Christmas Cheer Fund coupons that appears in this paper.
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Terry and Richard Taylor $100
Judy Fowles (In memory of Len Fowles) $200
Gwen Watson $100
Grace and John Makortoff (found on streets in Kamloops) $18.38
Janet and Spencer Bryson $200
Joanne and John Soberlak $100
Sue Runzer $200
Ms. Margaret Iglesias $50
Velma Dale $50
In memory of Ross Sparrow (no one loved to ring a Christmas bell more than Dad) $50
Pat Richardson $75
TODAY'S CHEER $1,313.38
PREVIOUS TOTAL $33,960.01
OVERALL TOTAL $35,273.39