GREAT BARRINGTON -- The 77th annual John S. Watson Christmas Fund has received donations totaling $1,425 for needy families in South Berkshire. To date the fund has received $5,385 toward its goal of $25,000.

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.

Donations to the fund 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.

Today’s gifts:

Merry Christmas

Nina J. Foppe & Lee Gallagher $100

Castle Street Café 500

In memory of:

Our Mother, Bernice Besancon Sinclair
& Our Fathers, Joseph Wool & Armas
Koivisto, Love, Henry and Joanne Wool Koivisto! 25

Mrs. Jane Fitzpatrick, from Country
Curtains Good Neighbor Club 150

Michael and all our Loved Ones, from Neil, Mary & Family 25

Erin Tresp , from Julie, Matt, Luke, Natalie, Hannah and Peyton 125

Aunt Shirley and Uncle Bob Hatch and Uncle Bill Schneyer, Love, George and Carole Miller & Family 25

Milton & Edna Stevens and Milt Jr. & Kevin Finnerty, from The Finnerty Family 100

Alice, Bill, John, Stella, Roy, Mac, Amy,
Sophie & Pat, from Dave 100

My Wife, Margaret "Maggie" Sawyer, from Jerry 125

Noni, Michael, Grandpa & Nana, Aunt
Grace, Aunt Norma, Uncles Joe, Bill,
Dom and Chucky, from Todd & Tracy 100

George Piontek, Love Windy 25

In lieu of Christmas Cards:

Jerry Sawyer 25

Today’s total: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,425

Total to date: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,385

Needed to reach goal: . . . . . . . . . .$19,615