Well, what a day that was!
Almost $19,000 walked through the door on Thursday and now, thanks to all of you, The Daily News Christmas Cheer Fund is nearing the end of another tremendous festive season.
There isn't an adjective available that adequately describes what goes on here at this time of year.
You now have entrusted us with more than $80,000 and you are assured that every penny of it will end up in the hands of a charitable organization.
You've heard of The 12 Days of Christmas. Well, we now call it the 12 Grand of Jim Doan and his Western Karate Academy students.
Doan, who has been behind your Christmas Cheer Fund since Day 1, strolled into our office late Wednesday afternoon and handed over a cheque for $12,000.
That's right . . . $12,000.
As LGIW put it: "Holy smokes. That's amazing!"
And as Jim noted: "Yes, I am still in shock, too."
Accompanying the cheque was a letter written by Jim, and I couldn't have put it better myself:
"Last year, when my students raised $9,000, I was amazed; I never thought we would bring in that much again.
"You can imagine how proud I was to be able to write a cheque to the Cheer Fund for $12,000, bringing our total contribution to $43,625 during the past 11 years!
"Starting in the first week of November, my students took their pledge forms home to family and friends, and into the larger community, and asked people to support the Cheer Fund, and they sure came through.
"It is my hope that they carry this accomplishment with them throughout the year, and that it inspires them to do even more next year.
"Have a Merry Christmas, Kamloops, and thank you for your support of the Cheer Fund."
Merry Christmas to you, too, Jim. And the best of the season to all the students, their families and other supporters. You really are what this fund is all about.
And a tip of Santa's hat to Dean Nicholson and the gang at Investors Group Financial Services on Sahali Terrace. I stopped off there yesterday afternoon and had my annual chat with the always cheerful Brent MacLeod and Dean, who handed over an envelope full of good things.
This is Investor Group's ninth year with us. This time around, they have given us $3,033.71, bringing their overall total to $26,316.71.
It's also worth pointing out that the folks there are involved in a lot of other charities in our area and are the main sponsor of the annual Walk for Memories in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
It really is special that they make room for your Christmas Cheer Fund, too. Thanks a bunch, folks, and have a Merry Christmas.
A rather large Merry Christmas greeting to Sierra Cocker. Laurie, Sierra's mother, tells us that any change Sierra finds on the streets of our fair city goes to the Christmas Cheer Fund. Not only that! Sierra operated a lemonade stand during the summer and she has donated that money, too.
Is that wonderful, or what! Sierra, thanks so much and here's to a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
A tip of the Christmas fedora to Jacki, Bradley, Lynn, Thomas, Zakk, Chelsea, Adam, Shaun, Ashlee, Janet and Diane.
"Instead of participating in Secret Santa at our annual Christmas party, we collectively decided that a better way of spending our money was to share it," they write. "On behalf of Kamloops Moores Clothing for Men, we hope that this will help to put smiles on others faces at Christmas."
You bet it will! Merry Christmas to you all and thanks so much.
We heard from the Ziebarts, Janet and Greg, as we always do. And it was wonderful to get a donation in memory of Wilf Schmidt and The Little Photo Shop. Wilf, who left us early in 2011, was one of our supporters right from the start.
And, hey, how about the gang at the Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations at 1265 Dalhousie Dr.? I mean, how great are they? The various departments take turns playing host to lunches, with the proceeds, along with a few extra donations picked up along the way, benefiting your Christmas Cheer Fund.
Thanks to y'all and have a merry one!
So here we are with one big day remaining. And, yes, there's more to come.
For starters, we have a successful bidder for that Krazyboy Limited Edition/Signature Series leather jacket that was designed and donated by Leroy (Krazyboy) Connell, whose shop is up there in Barnhartvale. We'll have more on that Monday.
Tim Labermeyer, the manager at Walmart, took time out of his busy schedule and stopped off late yesterday afternoon. Yes, there is a nice number to report and we'll save that one, too.
I'll also stop by High Octane Comics and Collectibles and see how things went there.
We won't be in Saturday's paper, but please watch for the big, big total on Monday.
Still, it's not too late for you to help. All you need to do is use one of the coupons from this paper. Or, better yet, stop by our office at 393 Seymour St., and say hi to Jenn or Judy or Marilyn or one of the other elves. They'll be pleased to help out.
The money we are raising will be shared equally by five local charities - the Kamloops Food Bank, Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, New Life Mission, Pregnancy Care Centre of Kamloops, and YMCA-YWCA Y Women's Emergency Shelter.
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Tave Dandy $100
Staff at Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, 1265 Dalhousie Dr. $961
From the Despot family $100
In memory of Grace and Elaine $200
Western Karate Academy $12,000
Angela MacIsaac and Chip Schneider $100
In memory of Wilf Schmidt and the Little Photo Shop $100
Molly and Jabby the Cat $50
The Featherstone family $200
In memory of Jaimie Ross $100
Dundas Oke family $60
Sierra Cocker $36.01
Chantelle and Todd Stone $100
In memory of Dorothy, from Dusty and Jack $100
Lynn and Ken Littlejohns $100
Greg and Janet Ziebart $100
Pat and Tom Fair $100
Debbie Beauchamp $250
Kamloops Moores Clothing for Men $120
Lynn and Patrick Vicars $100
Andrea and David Stewart and all the kids $100
Marie and Ron Hunt $100
Nikolas and Mason Marcus $100
Investors Group, Kamloops office, community relations fund $500
Jacques Lam $20
Maureen and Barry Stark $50
Donna and David Page $500
Debbie and Dean Nicholson $120
Salt of the Earth $27.20
Patricia Love $100
Kathleen and Cary Moffat $50
Sue and Tony Hopkins $25
Teri and Randy Young $100
Chantelle and Nathaniel Jackson $50
Catherine and Daniel Dallaire $200
Linda and Richard Cameron $50
In memory of Robert Robinson $1,000
Surander Singh and Jas Rai $20
Phyllis Ring $100
Wendy Ross $40
TODAY'S TOTAL $18,971.54
PREVIOUS TOTAL $61,034.58
OVERALL TOTAL $80,006.12
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