People are in the giving spirit.
As the holiday season continues, people all over the region are pitching in to help those less fortunate this year.
The Derry News Santa Fund is also in the giving mood and will give money collected to the Derry Community Fund, serving the Greater Derry area for more than 40 years.
Santa Fund donations also support the Londonderry Rotary Club’s holiday fund that helps people in need. Rotarians went shopping last week for warm coats, hats and other items that people are wishing for this season.
The Londonderry club hopes to help about 100 people make their wishes come true.
Frank Parker knows what it’s like to help others. As a member of the Derry Village Rotary Club, he is working hard to organize the club’s donations this season and help as many people as possible through the Community Fund.
As the Community Fund planned its holiday toy shopping event last week, Parker was there, bringing in donations and helping where needed.
“He’s just a dynamo,” Community Fund spokeswoman MaryAnn Taylor said.
For Parker, it’s a group effort. He said the Rotarians also get great response from local businesses, who offer items at lower costs or donate to those in need.
The club also supported 51 Angel Tree tags through the Salvation Army this year.
Money the club raises always goes to serve charitable missions.
“The good thing about the Rotary is that 100 percent of what we make goes right back out the door,” he said.
There is still time to help. Consider supporting the Santa Fund to help make dreams come true.
Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to: Derry News Santa Fund, P.O. Box 307, Derry, 03038, dropped off at the newspaper office at 46 West Broadway, or made online at derrynews.com.
Contributions will be listed in future issues of the Derry News.