A big day has pushed The Daily News Christmas Cheer Fund total to more than $44,000, meaning that we definitely will be going past 50 grand, something that is certain to happen Thursday.
Who knows? We might even get to 60 grand and wouldn't that be special.
How do I know that?
Because Jim Doan, the sensei at the Western Karate Academy, wasn't able to get out of his counting room and to our office in time for Wednesday afternoon's cutoff.
By the time he got here, the elves had done up the day's books, and were starting to look forward to the next day, which would be today.
And I just happen to believe that Jim will have turned over a nice chunk of money.
So you may want to brace yourself for some awfully good news in Friday's Christmas Cheer story.
Meanwhile, there was some wonderful news Wednesday, what with a representative of the Interior Savings branch on Tranquille, walking into our office with a pair of $500 cheques.
The first one was from the branch's staff and represented money raised from Jeans Days. The worker bees pay $2 to wear jeans on paydays, and when it came time to choose a charity, they were kind enough to settle on your Christmas Cheer Fund.
As if that wasn't enough, the branch matched the staff donation, meaning a cool $1,000 for the fund.
Thanks so much, gang, and y'all have a Merry Christmas.
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A nice, warm Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, too, to the good folks at Smith Chevrolet Cadillac and Kamloops Hyundai. Both dealerships and staff climbed on board with us in a big, big way Wednesday and we really do appreciate it.
The same holds true for W.J. Vetter Contracting Ltd. All the best to all of you and may 2014 be special.
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A huge Christmas apology to Stacey Whiting for botching the "in memory" part of a family donation.
The donation was to have read "In Memory of Sheila Whiting, from Stacey and Family." Somehow that didn't happen and for that I am terribly sorry.
Stacey, thanks for helping us out and here's to a quiet and joyous Christmas season for you and your family.
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We also heard Wednesday from one of the elves, who included this with her donation: "I was so overwhelmed with everyone's generosity that, having just made out yet another receipt, I wanted to help out. I felt 'the spirit,' you could say."
This Christmas Cheer Fund surely has helped all of us in these parts feel the spirit.
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The bidding closes Friday, 3 p.m., for the Krazyboy limited edition leather jacket that was donated by Leroy (Krazyboy) Connell. The high bid is $510 for a jacket that retails for around $800.
To make a bid, call our front desk (250-372-2331) or stop by our office at 393 Seymour St.
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The Daily News continues to cover any administrative costs associated with your Christmas Cheer Fund. This means that we are able to guarantee that every cent that comes in will end up in the hands of a local charity. 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.
You are free to use one of the coupons that you will find in this newspaper if you would like to make a donation. Or, better yet, drop into our office at 393 Seymour St., and chat up an elf or two. You'll be glad you did.
But if you are planning to visit our office today, please be aware that we are shutting down at 3 p.m., so that we can enjoy a bit of a staff Christmas party.
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The Middle Chapter Book Club $420
Della Robinson $40
Carol and Jim Moorhead $50
Trish Archibald and John Coyne $100
W.J. Vetter Contracting Ltd. $500
Smith Chevrolet Cadillac dealership and staff $1,000
Kamloops Hyundai dealership and staff $1,000
Shirley and Mike Puhach $50
Staff and clients of Beautiful U $630
Ansley and Alan Armstrong $100
Linda Inglis $10
The Jaswal girls $100
Interior Savings staff — Tranquille branch $500
Interior Savings Tranquille branch $500
Kathleen Beauchamp $50
Debbi Beauchamp $250
In memory of Fred and our girls $35
In memory of Clarence Fortier $100
Kamloops Daily News bottle raffle $140
TODAY'S CHEER $5,645
PREVIOUS TOTAL $38,782.39
OVERALL TOTAL $44,427.39