Basket one step closer to this holiday’s goal

Even in a heavy snowfall, the 2002 Christmas Basket grew by $650 Thursday, topping out at $2,225 for the day.

“Hope this helps someone else less fortunate. Have a very Merry Christmas,” wrote Sue Peters of Woodbridge, who donated $100 to the basket.

Ron and Chieko Homan of Woodbridge also gave $100 in honor of Lt. Col. Mike Korte, a retired United States Air Force officer. Korte died Nov. 16 at his home in Lynn Haven, Fla., said the Homan’s letter.

The Montclair FCE gave a gift of $175 and the Helping Hands of Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Woodbridge pledged $100.

The Woodbridge Woman’s Club Inc., gave $50; Robert and Frances Tyrrell of Woodbridge donated $100 and Debbie and Jessica Hart of Montclair sent a gift of $25.

Sponsored by the Potomac News, the Manassas Journal Messenger and the Prince William Chapter of the Salvation Army, the Christmas Basket is an annual holiday fund raiser that helps underprivileged local families pay for utilities, food and toys.

A goal of $45,000 was set by Potomac News and Manassas Journal Messenger Publisher Mark Laskowski. Last year, more than $40,000 was raised during the drive, which runs from Thanksgiving to New Years Day.

Donations can be brought to the Potomac News office, 14010 Smoketown Road in Woodbridge, or to the Manassas Journal Messenger office, 9009 Church St. in Manassas.

Those wishing to mail their contributions may send them to P.O. Box 2470, Woodbridge, VA 22195 or to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 298, Dumfries, VA 22026. The Salvation Army’s office is at 17688 Possum Point Road, Dumfries.

Those contributing to the Christmas Basket are encouraged to do so in memory of friends or loved ones by writing a brief message, or may include warm holiday wishes with their donation.

Donations are listed Monday through Friday in the Potomac News and Manassas Journal Messenger.

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