GREAT BARRINGTON -- The 77th annual John S. Watson Christmas Fund has received initial donations totaling $2,485 toward its goal of $25,000 for needy families in South Berkshire.
Inaugurated as the Community Christmas Cheer Fund by local newsman John S. Watson in 1936, Watson ran the fund until 1963 when it was re-named in his honor.
In 2012, the fund provided a total of 902 people with food and clothing certificates.
Donations may be made through Berkshire Bank's South County offices. Checks should be made payable to the Watson Fund.
Those wishing to make donations "in memory of" or "in lieu of Christmas cards" should include their request with the donation check.
Gary W. Happ & Susan K. Happ $200
All the members of the Olde Yankee
Street Rods 100
Stephen L. Root 100
Judianne O'Brien 25
George G. Francis 100
Pat & Millard Parsons 25
The Great Barrington Rotary Club 500
In memory of:
Peter, Elizabeth, John, Gertude and Madeline Sauer, Helen & Ray Young, Helen Millot and Anna & Fran Pecoraro, from Marilyn Sauer 25
Departed Members of the Housatonic
Hose Company from Housatonic Hose
Gladys, George & Victor Crossley, Ruth &
Frank Dwyer, Terry Peters and Nancy Crossley, from The Crossley and Dwyer
Our Brother, Jonathan B. Wilcox, Love,
Jennifer and James 30
Our Nana & Papa, William R. Walsh Sr.
and Ann Walsh, Love, Jay, Jennifer,
James, Brittany, Matthew, Michael and Wesley 30
Ina, Dolly, Nana and Motney, from Mary
and Gary 50
Kevin and Nancy, from Richard and
Pamela Clarke 50
My Parents, Bob and Shirley Hatch, Love,
"Biffy," from Gerry 200
Jim Dohoney, Love from his family 100
Parents Helen & George Atwood, Bill
Seward, and brother Billy Seward, from
Tom & Marlene 50
My son, Christopher R. Beattie, & My
Husband, Frank E. Beattie, from Cora
My Brother, Christopher R. Beattie, and My
Father, Frank E. Beattie, from Kimberley
C. Hyatt 50
Denis and Mary O'Connor, from Denis R.
Joan O'Connor, from Denis R. O'Connor 50
Mary Blackwell, from the Mary Blackwell
Memorial Fund 500
Today's total: $2,485
Total to date: $2,485
Needed to reach goal: $22,515