John is a teenager suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited, degenerative eye disease that often results in blindness. Although he is visually impaired, John manages to enjoy life like a typical teen and even plays football on his high school team.

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He and his sister Emily are being raised by their grandmother, Carol. The family struggles with the day-to-day management of his illness, and to make matters worse, they have lost power to their trailer and have been served an eviction notice. A Good Cheer Fund agency is working to help the family have a better Christmas by putting the youngsters’ names on the angel trees at a couple of local churches.

Your donation to the fund will provide the means to help Carol get caught up on her electric bill and rent payments so that she and her grandchildren will not find themselves out on the street. Things can start looking up for this little family if you can find it in your heart to help.

Since 1927, donations 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

For more information, call 937-4831.


Rose M. Di Tullio 100.00

In honor of my wonder poodle Phillips from Donna 50.00

Toula Latto 25.00

In honor of Linda and Parabor Lagaska by Clara and Pete Polutta 50.00

Louis and Jane Theiling 50.00

Westbrook Brewing Co. 500.00

Kathryn Pickett 500.00

Quis Qui Club 78.00

Floyd and Shirley Whitfield — The Whitfield Family Charitable Trust 5,000.00

Pate Properties Inc. 200.00

Thomas and Wanda Seay 100.00




Linda Estee 200.00


Bessie, Clyde and Sammy Kirton 50.00

Rick, Suzanne and Peggy 1,000.00

Mom and Dad Leonardi with love 100.00

Dr. John Hertz Warren Jr. 25.00

My husband John Skuhra 100.00

Brian G. Goodson from Joe and Nancy Goodson 50.00

Steve and Julie Sapp and John and Bruce McCullough 200.00

Loved ones 25.00

Anne Worsham Richardson from Garden Club of Drayton 50.00

Vi Alexander, Pauline Bush, Mr. Cleeve, June Dooley, Sheila Ford, Shirley Glaze, Marjorie Lawrence, Catherine Musolf, Joyce Newcombe and Pauline Stank from The British Club 100.00

Mike Burkett, Mendel Davis, Harry Hallman, Walt Miller and Steve Newcomb from the Mount Pleasant Blues “Brothers” 600.00

Dr. Thomas E. Whitaker 100.00

William P. Gelzer 100.00

TODAY’S TOTAL $9,553.00


YEAR TO DATE $42,794.89

LAST YEAR TO DATE $44,452.79