People give for many reasons, especially this time of year when so many are in need.
Bruce Brown donated $50 to support the Derry News Santa Fund because he wanted to give a thank-you to an anonymous woman who found his lost wallet earlier this week.
“What do you do for someone that does something nice for you?” Brown asked.
Giving to the Santa Fund was the perfect choice, he said.
At South Range Elementary School, the memory of a beloved staff member was reason enough to give to help others.
Pam Foster, an office worker at the Derry school, died on Christmas Day 2010. Since then, her South Range family continues to honor her memory and recently gave $200 to help the Santa Fund.
Donations like these continue to come in this season, but more help is needed. The Santa Fund has collected only $3,100 to date, down significantly from donations last year at this time.
All money collected goes to support the Derry Community Fund and Londonderry charities.
The Community Fund has worked in the area for more than 40 years, helping families at Thanksgiving and Christmas with holiday food baskets, gifts and toys for children.
Maryanne Taylor of the Community Fund said more than 100 families currently on the list, but the numbers will grow.
“The calls come in nonstop,” she said.
Toys are being collected through Friday to support families in need.
Tax-deductible Santa Fund donations can be dropped off at the Derry News office at 46 West Broadway during regular business hours or online at derrynews.com.
All Santa Fund contributors will be recognized and listed online.