Tommy, 13, lives in a modest home with seven other family members, including his mother who is expecting another child. A local agency is assisting Tommy and his family with counseling, medication management and other community resources. Unfortunately, the family's needs far outweigh available funding in the tri-county area.

The father recently had surgery and is unable to work at this time; the grandmother needs 24-hour care; the mother is looking for work during her husband's medical leave; and there is a special-needs child in the family.

Tommy has improved by leaps and bounds in a clinical program but still has daily challenges in mood and behavior. The family needs assistance with utilities and food. Christmas presents will not be possible because the family has year-round difficulties with even basic needs.

Your donation to the Good Cheer Fund can make the holidays a bit brighter for Tommy and his family by helping them keep warm and fed and perhaps even putting a little something under the tree for the children.

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

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

Happy Birthday to a great husband 25.00

In honor of John and Julia Royall -- Thank you for a wonderful year from your loyal staff 275.00

Waccamaw Light Artillery 150.00

Petey 100.00

In thanksgiving for our two grandchildren, Makayla and Wyatt Fort. Love, Grandad and Nana 100.00

Employees at L-J, Inc. 250.00

The Propeller Club of the U.S. Port of Charleston 200.00

The Charleston Club 200.00

Eason Diving & Marine Contractors, Inc. 500.00

Tom and Ann Eason 100.00

In thanksgiving for Sazee Lu 12.50

In honor of my granchildren Will, Matthew, Caroline, Andrew, Hayden, Ansley and Sara Francis 100.00

In honor of: Douglas, Aaron, Lucy, David and Max 100.00

C.W. and Jane Moonly 25.00

Eugene and Carol Hodgkins 50.00

Walter and Doris 25.00

Mae Fisher 25.00

David and Jean Mitchell 100.00

Dr. David and Julie Ellison 200.00

Laurel Seese 100.00

Gerald and Peggy Rumph 100.00

Virgil Wilkins 101.25

Joyce Morris 25.00

Eugene and Sarah Smoak 50.00

Bethany United Methodist Jennings Bible Class 50.00

Thursday Night Bridge Club 72.00

Sandra and Morey Lipton 50.00

C. William and Cynthia L. Hipp 200.00

The Friday Thumpers 250.00

Marilyn Schmitt 75.00

Gary Freeman Architect, Inc. 150.00

Rose Riordan 50.00

Lenna and Jesse Kirchner 500.00

J.C.B. 50.00

Bill Whitfield and Marcy Betzer 400.00

Rosen & Associates, Inc. 100.00

In honor of and many thanks to our military and their families from Col. and Mrs. Charles Krecklow 100.00

Shadowmoss Ladies Golf Association 660.00

Ladies Afternoon Circle -- Johns Island Presbyterian Church 43.00

Stephen, Richmond, Erin, Eliza and Elizabeth 25.00

In appreciation for Dr. Sola Kim from Miss Daisy 25.00

Ivan and Marjorie Pearce 25.00

In honor of Pawtaw and Nanny Johnson. Love, Stephanie and Michael 25.00

ANONYMOUS

200.00

50.00

50.00

100.00

100.00

300.00

IN LIEU OF CARDS

Margaret Stutts 20.00

Chapman Company 200.00

IN MEMORY OF

Frank B. Gilbreth 100.00

My daughter Katrina Renee Parker 100.00

CD Hopkins, Posey Benson, George M. Smyly Sr., Stan Ferrell, Chubby Gaskins, Billy Hughes, Todd Guerry, Richard Elvis and Dorthy Smyly 200.00

Jimmy and Maude Hall 100.00

Jack and Odeline Young 100.00

Fred Snelling 100.00

Mr. Wilkie 100.00

Shorty Crane 100.00

James Preister 100.00

Marion, Bill and Tina Spell 150.00

Grandpop, Granny and Uncle Andrew, from Carlton, Ray and Etta 100.00

My parents, Lanier and Treva Eason, and my brother, Sidney L. Eason 100.00

Liza Lu 12.50

My loving husband Francis White 100.00

Alan and Anshel Rackoff and Connie and Dave Emerson 100.00

Papa Weeks. Love, Stephanie and Michael 25.00

Betty Croft 250.00

Muriel P. Muckenfuss 100.00

Dr. Charlton deSaussure 100.00

My husband Carl Schneider 25.00

Bill and Bessie Erckmann, by the Erckmann children 200.00

Edgar H. Dixon 100.00

Vera and Leonard Cuzzell Jr. 20.00

Marie and Charles Cuzzell Sr. 20.00

Wallace T. Austelle 25.00

My brothers, Dan and Jamie 100.00

Our son, Charles Budds Bolchoz 100.00

My mother Nonie Gladden 200.00

Jane and Pal McIntosh 100.00

Jan and her Golden Rescues 25.00

Wilton Earl Mullinax 50.00

John H. Cass 25.00

Otto and Kathryn Strock 100.00

Joe and Bessie Bolchoz and Jessie and Alice Thornhill 250.00

Our parents, Jake and Pauline Teaster and Wesley Lucas 50.00

Eddie Trouche, Betty Dantzler and Zaco Dantzler 250.00

TODAY'S TOTAL $10,461.25

PREVIOUS TOTAL $117,289.54

YEAR TO DATE $127,750.79

LAST YEAR TO DATE $142,717.09