GREAT BARRINGTON — The 79th annual John S. Watson Christmas Fund has received an anonymous donation of $15,000 with a message of "Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men."

Today's gifts totaling $18,845 put the fund total at $32,105, more than $6,000 over its goal of $26,000.

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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"Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men," from Anonymous $15,000

Molly Scoville Fitzmaurice 100

In Lieu of Christmas Cards

Kim & Tom Whalen 100

Bob and Sue TenBroeck 40

Merry Christmas

Robert W. Norris Rev. Trust 50

Matilda Mann 25

Great Barrington Police Association Mass C.O.P. Local 350, AFL-CIO 200

Allison Rada 100


Colin Smith 50

Anonymous 500

Anonymous 500

Ann 15

Janice C. Tresp 100

Tom's Toys 50

Nina Foppe & Lee Gallagher 100

In Memory Of:

Loved Ones, from Francis Toolin & Dorothy Hotchkiss 50

All Family members no longer with us, from Dorothy Heath 25

Geo Piontek, from Carol A. Piontek 25

My Father, Roger Young, from Elizabeth Young 50

Mary Blackwell, from Blackwell's Pools & Patio 500

Our Parents, from Ray and Holly Murray 200

My Parents, Shirley & Bob Hatch, Love, Pam & Phil 50

Our Parents, Jim & Connie Lockenwitz, Love, Pam & Phil 50

Robert "Spike" Louison, from Katy & Family 50

Grandpa & Grandma McDermott, Love, Todd, Jonna & Lara 30

Barney Pilling, from KZ 100

Harland & Marcella Foster, from Harland B. Foster Inc. 500

Johnny, Regina, Norma & Kick, from Doreen & Cliff 50

Jane Toolin, From a Friend 25

Elinor Reilly, from Her Lunch Girls 60

Father Bill & Brother Billy Seward, from Marlene & Tom 50

Burt J. Ball III, from Marian Robinson 30

Fred Vorck, from Margaret Vorck 50

Leonard Race, from Evelyn 20

Today's total: $18,845

Total to date: $32,105

Over goal: $6,105