John's wife had a very difficult second pregnancy and survived less than two weeks after her daughter's birth. Now John is struggling to raise both daughters on his own.

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He is a good father and does his best to try to keep a roof over their heads. Unfortunately, he suffers from a degenerative disease and has had multiple surgeries. In great pain, he works whenever his back allows, but his medical condition has cost him several jobs. Six months ago he was earning a good salary at a terrific job that he loved. His back issues cost him that job too.

John is constantly searching for work that will not cause stress on his back. He is willing to work but just doesn't know if it is possible. Reluctantly, he has applied for disability. In the meantime, his only income is his daughter's survivor benefit, which is not even enough to pay the rent.

Your generous donation to The Post and Courier's Good Cheer Fund can help a local agency provide help and support for John and his family as he strives to make a life for himself and his two young children.

Since 1927, contributions to The Post and Courier's Good Cheer Fund have helped the less fortunate in the Lowcountry during the holiday season. The six charitable organizations sharing the funds collected are the Association for the Blind, Salvation Army, Star Gospel Mission, Carolina Youth Development Center, Coastal Catholic Charities and the Lowcountry Food Bank. Every cent of the money goes directly to the agencies, as there are no administrative costs involved.

Send tax-deductible contributions to the Good Cheer Fund, c/o The Post and Courier, 134 Columbus St., Charleston, SC 29403-4800. Donations also may be made in person or online at

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In honor of retired Chief of Police Reuben M. Greenberg on our 33rd Anniversary 100.00

My greatest gift, Conner 25.00

Merry Christmas Rosie 25.00

In honor of the Faculty, Staff and Board of Trustees of Mason Preparatory School from Penny and Stan Wilson 100.00

Barbara C. Campbell 100.00

Dick and Barbara Haberman 50.00

In honor of our neighbors on Hurtes Island from Walter and Leoni Leventhal 200.00

The Ivy Garden Club 125.00

David Hamilton 110.00

Deborah Rodriguez 100.00

In honor of Cathy Davenport from Sonia and Jerry Rothschild 100.00

Ervene Hiers and Melinda Accardo 75.00

In honor of all Hugo volunteers from The McClellanville Civic Club 100.00

In thanksgiving for Eugene Foxworth from Dr. Martha B. Hull 500.00

From Col. Lewis Sunday School Class in honor of Col. Lewis who taught the class for many years 100.00

In honor of exercise teacher Betty Brotcher and friends at Grace Methodist Church exercise class (West Ashley) 50.00

Ruth Anne and David Yount 200.00

C. Roger Jennings 500.00

Linda and Bill 25.00

The Alpha Circle of the International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons 25.00

Robert and Susan Leggett 250.00

Robert Fleming 200.00

Annette and Mark 25.00

In honor of Megan and Tony 50.00

Roger Brown 25.00

Ashborough Bridge Group 80.00

In honor of Deva, Nathan and Phinneas Funk 25.00

Amy Davis and Phil Saul 500.00

Kyle Smith 100.00

Lynch Cracraft Wealth Management of Raymond James 500.00

Summerville CPW Employees 200.00

Doug and Claire Priester 100.00

Target Termite and Pest Control, Inc. 150.00

In honor of Emily Remington given by Ruth and Barry Goldsmith 50.00

In honor of Rigby - feel better. Love, BeBe, Mulligan and Mac 25.00

In honor of Berd, C, Bella, Buggie and D 100.00

In gratitude for my Heartstrings, Will, Anna, Heart, Macy, William, Riley, John, Amelia, Henry, Bellie, Wisey, Leo, Albo, Chaz and Charles Way 500.00

In honor of my precious jewels, Vyonne, Ruthie and Catherine 100.00

In honor of grandson Kyle Ross for his generosity from Pat R. Ross 50.00

In thanks for my wonderful family and friends in difficult times. Many thanks for cards and prayers from Pat R. Ross 50.00

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness 25.00

In honor of the Romain Retreat Women's Club in Awendaw given by "Bebo" and Douglas Heath 50.00







Francis and Judy Porcher 150.00

Jim and Joye Wall (local) 50.00

Green Meadow Nursery, LLC 200.00

Josh and Betty Garvin 200.00


Our parents, Paul and Mary Pavlis and John and Mary Manutes, from Bobby and Gee Gee Manutes 100.00

Orrie "Puddles" Adger 25.00

My Dad, my hero 25.00

My friend, Bob Bott 25.00

Myrna, wife of Dr. Harold Nicholette, from a loving patient and a friend 50.00

Carolyn Brown and Susan Groh 100.00

Robert H. McDowell from his family 100.00

Stark and Alice Dillard, George and Jeannette Hamer and Marion Cecil Ernst 100.00

My friend, Whit 100.00

Departed friends from Village Road 50.00

Willie Fabian 25.00

Our parents, D.M. and Doris Thomas and Bill Treat and Ruth Treat Jones 40.00

William A. Cawley 50.00

Our son Matthew Ciganovic and his friends, Ashton Middleton, Sam Donaldson and James Cody-Smith from Kay and Denny Ciganovic 200.00

Amy Tennant, our daughter and sister 25.00

Our parents, Jane and William J. Sigmon Sr. and Margaret and Rudge Calhoun from Peggy and Bill 100.00

"Big" Grandma, Granddad Toler, Aunt Mary and our beloved pet, Kilgore Trout from Donna, Stan, Kate, Allison and Lance 160.00

Seabrook Oliver by Margaret 25.00

Dr. Roy A. Howell Jr. 100.00

"My Bill" 25.00

John C. Murphy from Edith G. Combs 100.00

Gibbie and Eva Sanderson from Faye 25.00

Our son, Will, and other loved ones from Dr. and Mrs. Walter Haynes 350.00

My parents, Capt. Lewis S. Burk and Dorothy Bill Burk, and my husband, David L. Burnsed from Betsy 50.00

Beth, Bobby and our beloved grandson Ian 1,000.00

Ronald E. Ferrara 50.00

Jackie Smoak and loved ones from Helen and Family 100.00

Ann Luckey King 100.00

My brother, Matthew, a gift from Mr. and Mrs. John Winthrop 1,000.00

Mike Burkett, Mendel Davis, Harry Hallman, Walt Miller, Steve Newcomb and Roger Rowe from the Mount Pleasant Blues "Brothers" 600.00

Gone on but not forgotten..Michael Storen, Steve Attaway, David Hewitt, Stewart Walker, Stuart Barnwell, Walter Ehrhardt, Sally Hollings, Frank Rhett, Ron Motley, Tersh Lynch, Neal Baker and Harold Newton from CT 20.13

Capt. George Furman Baggott and Capt. R.C. "Rusty" Mitchum, two lifetime friends by C.C.S. 25.00

Two Spaniel dogs, "Bronco Billy" and "Baron Ashley Rhett," and Big Rott. dog "Zeus" by C.C.S. 25.00

Miss Frances Ott by the Summersett Family 50.00

Capt. W.B. "Mash" Seabrook and his wife Mrs. Mary Seabrook by C.C.S. 50.00

"Tugboat Men" Capt. John Jackson, Capt. Olin Jackson, Capt. Ernest Baggott, Capt. John S. Waters, Ch. Eng. Cleo Summersett, Ch. Eng. Henry Sistare and Ch. Eng. Samuel T. "Jackie" Jackson 100.00

Bill Bradley and his fiancee Michele Poulnot, given by "Bebo" and Douglas Heath 50.00

Former students - Stephanie Burdett, Jamie Bailey and Matthew Taylor (KIA) Iraq, former co-worker Marcia O'Brien and former Principal Gene Sires 25.00

Betty Taylor, Katie Taylor, Ruth Stoppelbein and Vyonne and Julian Williams 100.00

David and Karen Stahl 50.00

Charley Lovingood - Happy 32nd Birthday, we love you from Mom and Reilly 75.00

Our parents, Jeff and Lorraine Kinsey and James A. Wall, with our love Jim and Joye 100.00

My C 100.00

Murray Bonnoitt, Falcon Hawkins and Whit Scoggin from The Birthday Group 100.00

Ruth Rhoden Craven, David Shelton, Frank O'Brien and my brother, Don Ray from Pat R. Ross 150.00

Our parents, Richard and Bessie King and Josh and Lois Garvin 600.00

Bill Zipperer and Will Haynes 100.00

Old Dad and Mom 100.00

Florrie and Pat Mauro 100.00

TODAY'S TOTAL 14,960.13

PREVIOUS TOTAL $131,759.74

YEAR TO DATE $146,719.87

LAST YEAR TO DATE $104,954.46