POULSBO — As this year’s Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund campaign enters its final week, donations passed last year’s total and could reach the $35,000 goal.
As of Jan. 2, donations totaled $29,649.
North Kitsap Fishline and St. Vincent de Paul use most of the funds to provide food, emergency shelter and emergency financial assistance to North Kitsap residents in need.
In addition, fund proceeds are used by the Poulsbo Noon Lions Club to provide Christmas food baskets for 100 local families. And a reserve account is maintained for “major catastrophes” that might occur during the year, fund chairman John Macdonald said.
Because of donations to the Poulsbo Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund, “We’re able to stretch what we’re doing for people in crisis — whether it’s paying rent, mortgage, or utilities,” said Rae Rodriguez, Fishline’s client services manager.
“It used to be that folks would come in because of an issue, now it’s because of multiple issues. We’ve been in crisis mode for a couple of years, and we’ve probably tripled our client load since then.”
The fund is a longtime Poulsbo tradition. It was founded by the late Frank and Mabel Raab — he was mayor from 1960-69 — as a way for neighbors to help each other during emergencies. The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club administers the fund for the Raab Foundation.
Donations are accepted year-round for the fund — P.O. Box 1244, Poulsbo 98370. Donations can also be delivered to the North Kitsap Herald, 19351 8th Ave., Suite 106, Poulsbo. Donations are tax-deductible.
Here are this week’s donors.
— Anthony McCafferty: $100.
— Patrick and Sherri Burch: $100.
— Terry and Eric Blais: $100.
— Mike’s Car Wash: $500. Proceeds donated from car washes during fund raising period.
— Bill Arness: $38.
— Dr. Neil and Margaret Torvik: $150.
— Roger Sherrard: $100. Friendly penalty — Navy 34 Army 7.
— Roger Sherrard: $200, in memory of Marian Sherrard.
— Swann Law Offices, Stephen Swann: $500, in memory of Chloe.
— Richard Brown: $1,000.
— Frank and Sharon Schmid: $40, in memory of Frank & Mabel Raab.
— Ceneth Schoettler: $100, in honor of Lois Schoettler.
— E.T.: $20. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
— Anonymous: $500, in memory of Al & Ruby Jensen.
— Marion Hansen and Raymond Diehl: $50.
— Anonymous: $250, in loving memory of Obert & Margaret Smaaladen.
— Anonymous: $100, in loving memory of Jack & Mildred Roof.
— Anonymous: $50, in loving memory of Loisann Hoirup Sonneson.
— Anonymous: $50, in loving memory of Joe & Sandy Gurley.
— Anonymous: $50, in loving memory of Glynda Roof Froelich.
— Anonymous: $25.
— Anonymous: $500, to honor the memory of Anne Fassett Cook.
— Anonymous: $100.
— Margaret and Neil Storey: $100, in memory of our parents.
— Neil and Margaret Storey: $100, in memory of our parents.
— Jerry and Gladys Parrish: $100.
— Kitsap Physical Therapy: $500.
— His Family: $500, in loving memory of Daniel Lampe.
— Nancy and Earl Hooper: $50, in memory of our remarkable friend, Harriet Stenwick.
— Ken and Marie Kline: $100, in memory of our mothers.
— Dave and Tasha Davis: $150, in memory of Denny Kimmel.
— Lorene and Nic Klamke: $50. Happy to share.
— Sarah Robinson: $400. To honor MJ Tyler, John & Sarah Tyler and Family; James Robinson (L.I.N.Y.) & Family; John A. Robinson Jr. & Family (V.A.); Vic & Beth Tyler and Family.
— Ernie Linger: $100, in memory of Dale Rudolf.
— Anonymous: $100.
— Christopher and Suzanne Tapper: $50. Happy Holidays to our family, friends and neighbors!
To-date total: $29,649.