As fitting Christmas sentiments go, this one is hard to beat: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

After all, that wise maxim comes from the holiday’s namesake.

And after 85 years, The Post and Courier’s Good Cheer Fund is still giving generous folks an opportunity to experience the joy of giving to worthy causes.

Thomas P. Lesesne, a former managing editor of The News and Courier, established the fund in 1927 to help needy Charleston area residents. The first year’s contributions were $1,797. Last year’s amount was $329,580.90 — the fourth highest in the history of the fund.

That brought the grand total over eight and a half decades to more than $6.4 million.

Those tax-deductible donations are distributed during the holiday season to six local charitable organizations — Coastal Catholic Charities, Carolina Youth Development Center, Lowcountry Food Bank, Association for the Blind, Star Gospel Mission and the Salvation Army.

Also during the holiday season, the front page of our Local & State section includes a daily report on people who need assistance from the Good Cheer Fund. Those stories also feature a list of the good people who contribute to the fund.

Both the accounts of those who need help and the rosters of those who help underscore the value of the Good Cheer Fund. Many readers see names they recognize — including some under the heading of “In Memory Of” — and are thus inspired to make donations of their own.

Our community and our newspaper are justifiably proud of the Good Cheer Fund. We at The Post and Courier are especially proud of this important sentence that’s part of each day’s Good Cheer story: “Every penny of the money goes to these agencies as there are no administrative costs involved.”

So as you’re wondering what Santa Claus will bring you later this month, ponder what you can receive by giving to the Good Cheer Fund.

You can send your contribution to Good Cheer Fund, c/o The Post and Courier, 134 Columbus St., Charleston, SC 29403-4800, bring it to the newspaper office, or donate online at For more information, call 937-4831.

And as those daily lists of contributions prove, even small donations can add up to something big.