Monette is a 78-year-old widow who cares for her disabled 42-year-old son. They subsist on a limited income and have recently suffered a number of setbacks.

Back in September, Monette's 10-year-old washing machine broke down. Since then, she has had to hand wash their clothes or travel to the Laundromat, making her life considerably more difficult due to her advanced age and poor state of health.

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To make things worse, Monette's car broke down this month. She hopes a friend of the family might be able to repair it as she cannot afford to take the car to an auto mechanic. In the meantime, she has been dependent on friends and family to get her around to do her errands, including going to the Laundromat.

In addition, Monette has just learned that the house she rents has gone into foreclosure. She is concerned about who her new landlord will be and whether her rent will increase.

In a happy turn of events, however, contributions to the Good Cheer Fund have allowed one of our partner agencies to purchase a new washing machine, which will be delivered and installed for Monette before Christmas to ease one of her heavy burdens.

Your generous donation can help the fund provide a happier holiday for others like Monette who face critical needs at this time of year.

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, Coastal Catholic Charities and Carolina Youth Development Center. 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.


In thanks for my wonderful husband on his 86th birthday 50.00

In honor of my mother, Suzanne R. Cross 50.00

In honor of Carla Engle and family 100.00

In honor of Marsha Reckley and family 100.00

Darryl Watkins 100.00

Paul Gangarosa 15.00

In lieu of gifts to my mah jong friends from Denise Bromer 75.00

Edward Blake 50.00

In honor of the dedicated and hard-working staff of East Cooper Habitat for Humanity 200.00

Anky, Drstl and Wrnt 30.00

In honor of our most courageous daughter, Lara Karam-Rodgers, by Karen and Richard Karam 50.00

In GREAT appreciation to Stephen Barley of Barley Construction in the rebuild of our home from L&M Theres 100.00

Bill and Nancy Bryant, Seabrook Island 100.00

Olive Corriveau and Reg Valliere 150.00

Justin Lucey 1,000.00

Neal Stanley and Mirella Abbo 250.00

Sam and Laura Hines 200.00

Amira and John Cranor in celebration of granddaughter Kaitlyn 100.00

Joan, Robert, Kate and Carolyn Burton and Virginia Bacon 100.00

Janet Simmer and Gene D'Agostino 100.00












Charleston Area Appraisals: Trey, Gary, Robert, Michael, Mark, David, Louie and Shauna 100.00

Linda and Gary Recker 50.00

J. Daniel Simon 100.00


Mary and Edward Manigault and Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. 100.00

Marie L. Herres 1,000.00

Baby Andrew 50.00

Benji, Dean Marie and Jerimiah 25.00

Bill Gay - Transcendent, loyal, brave and true 25.00

Msgr. Thomas Duffy - D.O.C.'s Indomitable, two-fisted prince of peace 25.00

Henry Buist Smythe 100.00

Mary Ridgway Smythe 100.00

Guy Ridgway Smythe 100.00

Mildred Butler from the Charleston Exchange Club Auxiliary 500.00

Kit Woodcock from everyone at the International Primate Protection League 200.00

Mark Abele, beloved son and brother from Mom, Dad and Kelly 50.00

Norma (Chip) Michaelis by Margo and Ginger 100.00

Thomas Petigru Lesesne Jr. and Emma Larsen Lesesne 50.00

Jim and Doris Dean by Michaele and Wilson Rogers 100.00

Our parents, Joe and Octavia Welsh, from John and Nancy Bride 100.00

David Marcy from Rita and Bud 25.00

Bill Walters, a fighter pilot 25.00

Ashton Phillips, Bill Walters and Tom Alexander, three great fathers 25.00

Steven Alfred Brinson from Tony and Judy D'Ambrosio 100.00

Nolly J. Sams Jr. from Duke, Matthew and Jeremy Sams 100.00

Jim and Dorothy Thornton 100.00

Joan Clarey, Kula Alfieris, Ann B. Molony and Myrtice Couturier from BE Bunko Babes 100.00

Rebecca E. Riser 200.00

Claire and Larry McPhail and Ken and Margaret Shortridge 200.00

Daddy and Lance 50.00

Our parents, Larry and Claire McPhail and B.K. and Flora Stabler, from Bonnie and Jay 300.00

Norie Howze and Millie Hale 100.00

Walter and Pat 200.00

Our parents: Nelson, Virginia, Paul and Edith from Sue and Harry 250.00

George Karges Sr., wonderful husband and father 50.00

Chris Honeycutt 100.00

Audrey Grice 100.00

Ben Burris 100.00

Dr. Rene Ravenel 100.00

Michael Reese 100.00

Jeanne Smith 100.00

Mary Wesley Simmonds from Jack and Henry Tierney 100.00

Marshall Ferguson from Bob and Joyce Potter 100.00

TODAY'S TOTAL $10,475.00


YEAR TO DATE $107,462.44

LAST YEAR TO DATE $80,934.89