The Independent kicks off its daily listings of donors to the newspaper’s Needy Families Fund today, and as has been traditional makes the initial contribution of $500.

This first list includes seven donors, including one anonymously for $200, and gets the season off to a good start with a first-day total of $1,220.

This is the 19th year for The Independent’s Needy Families Fund, a program that has collected more than $675,000 to help make Christmas a little brighter for those up against it at holiday time.

There are no administrative charges by the newspaper with all of the money going to help the holiday programs of the Ashland Citadel of the Salvation Army, the Ashland Ministerial Association and Helping Hands of Greenup County.

Last year the fund collected $44,540.89.

Donations can be made anonymously, in the giver’s name, or in memory of or in honor of a loved one.

Cash and checks (no food or toys, please) can be dropped off at the newspaper office at 226 17th St., checks can be mailed to the newspaper, and telephone donations using VISA or MasterCard can be made by calling (606) 326-2600.

Please do not mail cash.

Over the years, thousands of youngsters and families have benefited from the money our readers have donated, be it toys or clothes or Christmas dinners.

For that reason, we have always acknowledged your Christmas gifts with these daily listings right up through Christmas.

And one more reminder: The Independent does not solicit donations by mail or by telephone. If someone contacts you and indicates to you he or she is with The Independent’s Needy Families Fund, that person is lying.



Those who gave

The Independent..............................$500

Kenneth Wilson................................$120

Home Care Pharmacy

of Ashland.......................................$100

In memory of

Hershal Little..................................$100

In memory of

Leroy (Red) Lawson.....................$100

In memory of

Stella Johnson...............................$100

Anonymous.......................................$200

Total to date...................................$1,220

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