GREAT BARRINGTON -- The 77th annual John S. Watson Christmas Fund has received additional donations totaling $1,095 for needy families in South Berkshire. To date, the fund has raised $6,480 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.

In 2012, the fund provided a total of 902 people with food and clothing certificates. These figures continue to rise each year.

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

Anonymous $500

Valerie Locher Horticulturists 100

In memory of:

Our Two Bobs, Love, Fran and Dorothy 25

Our Parents and Brothers and Sisters,
Love, Fran and Dorothy 25

Grampa Bob, Love, Brandyn and Olivia 20

Auntie, Unk, Clara, Mary, Tony and Pam,
from Holly and John 100

Our son Randy Leonard, Forever in our Hearts, Love Mom and Dad 50

Randy Leonard, you are greatly missed
and always in our Hearts, Love, Bonnie, Charlie and Judy 25

Keri Perotti, you are greatly missed and
always in our Hearts, Love, Ida, Ronnie
and Judy 25

Medeo and Lena Morandi and Mary Ann
Warner, Love from your Family 25

June and Jim Kimball, from Bev & Kim 100

My Uncle Jim Ware and Eddie & Lydia
Farr & My Parents, from Kim and
Bev 100

Today’s total: $1,095

Total to date: $6,480

Needed to reach goal: $18,520