GREAT BARRINGTON >> The 79th annual John S. Watson Christmas Fund has received additional gifts of $5,195 toward this year's goal of $26,000. The fund has raised $8,800 to date.

Founded in 1936 by local newsman John S. Watson, the fund serves South Berkshire families in need with food and clothing certificates.

Donations are being accepted at all Berkshire Bank South County offices. Checks should be made payable to the Watson Fund.

Those wishing to make their donations "in memory of" or "in lieu of holiday cards" should include their requests with their check and those wishes will be published in the local newspapers and on WSBS radio.

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Anonymous $50

Anonymous 140

Happy Holidays, from Roger & Barbara Manring 150

Merry Christmas, from Roger Trucking 250

Friends of Smitty Pignatelli 100

Paul & Anne Ranolde 50

Jack & Pia Bellinger 50

Joan Grossman 25

Lynn & William Barry 50

Ann Waldman & Noel Critchley 75

Gary & Lina Hutton 25

Fairview Hospital Pharmacy Department 25

Julie & Steven Hannum 50


Thursday Morning Club 300

The Great Barrington Rotary Club 1,000

Nacht Family 35

In Honor of the First Responders, Great Barrington Fire & Police Departments, Southern Berkshire Ambulance Squad, Fairview Hospital Staff & Turkey Trot volunteers who helped to save my life on Thanksgiving Day, from Ed McCormick 500

In Lieu Of:

In Lieu of Casino Trip, from Dante Delmolino 200

In Lieu of Cards, from Stephen & Teresa Bannon 100

In Lieu of Gifts to Our Volunteers, from Fairview Medical Records 50

In Memory of:

Jackie Siok, from Carolyn R. Wichmann 100

"Ace" Curtiss, from his family 50

Our Parents, from Lenny & Airlie Ohman 100

Milton & Edna Stevens, Milton Jr., and Kevin B. Finnerty, from the Finnerty Family 100

Tom Tenbroeck and Martin Kenneth Tenbroeck, from Marlene Tenbroeck 50

Our Dear Loved Ones, from Bud & Evelyn Candee 50

My Wife Dorethea, from Wayne B. Palmer 50

Louise McCord, from Mary & Susan Mackle 20

George & John Piontek and Roseina Emprimo, from Family, Belle & Amy Piontek 25

JoAnna Wilson, from Louise Briggs & Hazel Mack 20

Jed & Tara Blackwell, from Cousins, Steve & Jill 40

Deceased Members of Mount Everett Council 513 Knights of Columbus, from Mount Everett Council 513 Knights of Columbus 200

Dean & Will, from Douglas & Susan Happ 250

My Little Nephew, Jonathan B. Wilcox, from Bobbie 15

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

Truman, Edith & Frank Wheeler, from Linda, John & Chris 100

Laura Bernoi, from Jim & Joanne 25

Vicky Whitbeck, from Bobbie Hallig 500

Our Parents, Louann Bailey & William R. Smith 50

Michael & All Our Loved Ones, from Neil, Mary & Family 25

Departed Brothers of Housatonic Hose Co., from Housatonic Hose Company 100

Today's total: $5,195

Total to date: $8,800

Needed to reach goal: $17,200