Ralph never expected to have a tree fall on him. But it did, and now he is coping with permanent injuries from the freak accident.

He receives a monthly disability check, and with his wife's salary, they were able to make ends meet. Unfortunately, her deteriorating health has forced her into retirement.

Still determined, self-reliant and proud, Ralph and Fran spent many days wondering how they were going to make it. A local Good Cheer Fund agency stepped forward, helping the couple with food, funds for their utility bills and assistance in navigating what other options might be available for Ralph.

Your generous contribution can help Ralph and others like him have a happier holiday by easing the stress they feel the rest of the year.

Contributions to The Post and Courier's Good Cheer Fund have helped the less fortunate in the Lowcountry during the holidays since 1927. The six charitable organizations sharing the funds collected are the Association for the Blind, Catholic Charities, Carolina Youth Development Center, Lowcountry Food Bank, The Salvation Army and Star Gospel Mission. There are no administrative costs involved, and the agencies receive every cent of the money.

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 www.goodcheerfund.com.

CONTRIBUTIONS

Anky, Drstl and Wrnt $20.00

Cathy, Craig, Tate and Ethan Stamey $175.00

For Scott, Chris, Jordan and Kaden from Rosemarie and Bill Elliott $25.00

Joyce and Bob Potter $50.00

Paul and Becky Hilstad $200.00

Pat and Ken Gray $200.00

In lieu of personal Xmas gift for those who need things more from Joanne Dixon $30.00

In honor of Nelson, Jody, Pam and Robyn $50.00

Kathy and David Hollowell $250.00

Cameron Glaesner $25.00

Beverly Diamond $100.00

Lee Payne, in appreciation of my family $5,000.00

Jeff and Nancy Porter $100.00

Lynn and John McCall $100.00

David and Candyce Krumwiede $100.00

Randy and Cary McGann $200.00

In honor of our 50th anniversary, Barbara and Dick Haberman $50.00

Catherine O'Brien $50.00

From Calhoun and Friends $57.00 ANONYMOUS

$200.00

$50.00

$100.00

$100.00

$150.00

$20.00

IN LIEU OF CARDS

Hunter and Perry Harris $100.00

Hanahan Veterinary Clinic $250.00

IN MEMORY OF

Helen Garvin Ingle and Lawton Irby Ingle $20.00

Mema, Poppy and Poppa. Love Maddy, Brynn, Lisa and Cambridge $100.00

"Our Guardian Angels" Pearl Giddens and Jimmy Grooms. We miss you immensely. $50.00

Christopher Young, our son $200.00

LTC Jock Attaway and his canine companion, Gaea $100.00

Hoyt H. Jones, Olin Henderson and Hilton Jones $300.00

My loving twin sister Jean Martin from Shirley McGreal $200.00

Jack Mitchell $50.00

Virginia W. Mitchell $50.00

JEB and MTB $50.00

Our dear friend Vickie Scrughan from Buddy, Lissy, Katie, Dillon and Henry $100.00

Bess and Charles Copeland, Harry Burnup, Gary Tillman, Carl McClain Jr. and Hoss $100.00

Kelly Goodwin from Gg and Buddy Goodwin $100.00

John and Betty Naler $800.00

Peter B. Thompson Jr. (Pete-O) from Cat and Peter Thompson and his mother Carolyn $200.00

Our dear friend Raphael Jones $500.00

Dr. Kendall O. Fields $100.00

Mildred Felkel Shuler $100.00

James D. Thornton $250.00

Bobby G. and Baby Leland $50.00

My Mother, Brother and Father $250.00

Johnnie and Evelyn Cockfield $50.00

My parents Pat and Jack Jenkins $100.00

Claire and Larry McPhail and Margaret and Ken Shortridge $100.00

Our brother-in-law Tim Price from Marilyn and Barry Rickards $50.00

Our "special angel" Meghan E. Corbett. Love Mom, Matthew, Katie, Emily and "Lady" $50.00

Michael C. Corbett from Beth, Matthew, Katie and Emily $50.00

Three dear friends: Marilyn LaPointe, Rita Pire and Marilyn Tait from M. Dunn $30.00

Ben T. Peters with love from Ben and Sarah Peters $100.00

Wade Blackmon from Mother, brothers, grandparents and family. Always in our hearts. $100.00

Our beloved son, brother and friend, Matt Wallace. Love, Mom $100.00

TODAY'S TOTAL $12,152.00

PREVIOUS TOTAL $94,117.54

YEAR TO DATE $106,269.54

LAST YEAR TO DATE $119,964.51