By Julie Huss
---- — They are signs of the season.
People stop by the Derry News office daily to give of themselves to help others.
Some send their help in the mail. Others donate online.
No matter how the donation is made, the Derry News Santa Fund appreciates all who are giving this holiday season to bring joy and help to those families and individuals needing it most.
For more than 25 years, the Santa Fund has supported the Derry Community Fund and Londonderry community efforts to help those in need.
Recently, the Santa Fund welcomed four Red Star Twirlers to the news office and accepted $600 for the fund.
The Twirlers offered proceeds from a recent holiday show in Derry, specifically tailored to support the community’s need at this time of year.
Coach and founder Gina Hutchinson said her students are strong and always willing to do their part to help those who struggle.
She said there will be another holiday show next year.
“We want to make it a tradition,” she said.
Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas also stopped by the office to drop off a Santa Fund donation of $143 from local Boy Scout Troops 98 and 405.
The Scouts helped the VFW Post 1617 and its senior citizen holiday luncheon, earning proceeds to donate to those in need.
South Range Elementary School students gave their annual “shout outs” to their favorite teachers, donating holiday money to the Santa Fund in their honor.
There is still time to help.
A total of $14,073 has been donated to the Santa Fund so far. Tax-deductible donations can still be made online at derrynews.com, by mail to: Derry News Santa Fund, P.O. Box 307, Derry, 03038, or can be dropped off at the newspaper office at 46 West Broadway.
All donations are greatly appreciated.