Karen has always been an independent, hard-working young woman. Despite the fact that she was born with a visual impairment, which many might see as a hardship, Karen has always held a can-do attitude. This positive philosophy has been demonstrated throughout her life through a job she loved and a husband to whom she had been happily married since college.

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Earlier this year, however, her world came crashing down around her when her husband announced that he wanted a divorce. The couple had just purchased a new home, but since Karen was unable to work more than part-time due to migraines and other medical conditions, there was no way she could afford the mortgage. For months, Karen has bounced from home to home, finding roommates when she can, but primarily renting a room in the homes of others.

Karen continues to work every day, helping others who are also visually impaired and doing her best to keep a positive outlook. What she would like more than anything is her own small apartment, a place to come home to after work. She is giving it everything she has, but is reaching the point of seeking help.

"I'm not really used to asking for help, but with the way things are now, I'm not too proud to ask," she said. "For any of you who are willing to help, I just wanted to make sure that you heard my heartfelt thank you!"

Your generous donation to The Post and Courier's Good Cheer Fund will help a local agency provide help and guidance to Karen and others like her who want to make their way in the world but are hindered by circumstances beyond their control.

Since 1927, contributions to the 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.

There is still time to give this year. Donations received by noon today will be listed in the paper on Christmas Day. Contributions received by noon Friday will be included in the final 2013 accounting on New Year's Eve. Donations received after that date will be applied toward the 2014 Good Cheer Fund.

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.

For more information, call 937-4831.


The children at First (Scots) Presbyterian Kindergarten 677.75

Roper Hemodialysis Unit 563.00

Mt. Pleasant Academy Teachers 100.00

In honor of: Libby Conway, the best Momma/Mama. Love, Ruthie, David, Cord and Cate 50.00

My Kitchen Witches, Love, Ruthie 50.00

On behalf of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Executive Director and Staff 180.00

Carole and Arnie 100.00

In joyful thanksgiving for our grandchildren: Beau High, Banks High, Anne Lewis High and Michael Runey V 250.00

Peggy Szumiesz 100.00

Given with love 100.00

Edgar and Lucia Jaycocks 50.00

Harry and Nora Clark 200.00

Carolyn and Lawrence Tappen 20.00

Theodore and Lila Rapchick 55.00

The Busch Family 50.00

In honor of Col. and Mrs. R.L. McElroy 100.00

The Staff of the Lowcountry Open Land Trust 200.00

Glenn McConnell 100.00

LifeManagement Center Staff 110.00

Dorothy Griffen Compton 110.00

Doug Nesbit 25.00

Terry and Winnice Walker 25.00

In honor of our friends, who have supported us throughout the year, from East Cooper Family Pharmacy 100.00

Employees at L-J Inc 500.00

In thanksgiving for Lacey Lu 10.00

In thanks to: My husband Nick Wackym, family, friends and all who have offered support and love through the tragic death of my beloved son Matthew from Linda Renken 100.00

In honor of Michael Richard Harrison and Miss Melissa Harrison, from James Shannon Hurley 10.00




Bill and Dianne Horton 50.00


Our parents: Paul and Evelyn Norton and Dub and Dee Jeffords 50.00

McCrary and Gould Families 25.00

John C. Conway. Love, Sam 50.00

Henry B. Smythe, our Grandfather. Love, Cord and Cate 50.00

Tigger Smythe, our Dandy. Love, Cord and Cate 50.00

My best little buddy, Carlton. Love, Cord 25.00

Dr. Raoul B. Conway, forever Peter Pan. Love, your sis, Tink/Wendy 50.00

Rosemary and Charles Rowland. Love, Ruthie 50.00

Philip and Elizabeth Lawler. Love, Ruthie 50.00

Our brother and uncle, Guy Smythe 50.00

Foxy Foxworth, a great guy gone too soon! Love, Ruthie and David 50.00

Van Noy Thornhill 100.00

My parents, Alice and Joe Allen, by their daughter 35.00

Our children, Stewart and Michele Poulnot and Bill Bradley, from Capers and Sandra Poulnot 200.00

My husband, C. John Mears 100.00

Matthew E. Murphy III 25.00

William P. Gelzer and Thomas E. Whitaker 100.00

J.L. (Slim) Henson, Brooks C. Preacher, Otto F. Klintworth Jr. and Peggy Crall 100.00

Frank Blacklocke Sr., William McMahon and Dorothy Bolchoz McMahon 50.00

Friends, dearly loved and missed by all, Dick Sosnowski, Clay Robertson, Jo Simonds, Heno Hutson, Bill Martin, Michael Reese, John Maybank, Granny Apple and Charlie Fabian, from Sister and Don 100.00

E.H. "Boyd" Smith, Charleston furniture maker, and Phillip Boyd Smith, his grandson 25.00

Thelma Moss, my mother, from Susan M. Haynie 25.00

Ben and all others who will remain forever young 50.00

Ann Adger Grimball, from Nan, Beth and Kip 50.00

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Bryant Jr., from Madeline and Sarah 40.00

Joan and Tanny Budds 50.00

Robert M. Bissey 50.00

Kathryn Ann Rivers, Louise and Alfred Dufour and "Affie," Ella and Ford Rivers and Nell, my "best buddy" 100.00

Julie Schirmer Muckenfuss, Billy Wilkes and Beth Wieters

My precious granddaughter, Jamie Keen, from Ge Ge 50.00

Ernie Nelson, Mary, Randolph, Tommy and Walter Cotton 100.00

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Turner by Martha and Cooper Stonestreet 50.00

Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Stonestreet by Cooper and Martha Stonestreet 50.00

William Elliott Hutson Jr., Sarah Means Taylor, Marjorie Ryan Ross and Henry Critchfield Hutson 200.00

Kaye Petit and Jennifer Petit. Love, Merrily and Buster 25.00

Daddy, Denny, Tommy, Graves, Ruth, Kramer and Doug 500.00

Hurricane Charlie Hall, WCSC-TV weatherman, from Charlie's Boys, Jack P., Mel, Gus, Jim, Jimmy and Johnny B. 25.00

Larry W. Jones, from Ken and Sandra Jones 1,500.00

Pop Boo 100.00

Loved Ones 100.00

James Gilbert Baldwin, Ellen Douglas Baldwin, Robert Latané Montague and Hess Jenkins Montague 200.00

Muriel 100.00

Hammond, with love 100.00

Eleanor Doscher, from Ricky and Tina Doscher 1,000.00

Steven Alfred Brinson, from Ski, Lisa, Christin and Zach Navitsky 100.00

Alston Legaré Van Ness Jr., teacher and sailor; Manning Bethea Williams Jr., Charleston artist; Dr. René Ravenel - our ATO brothers 25.00

Linola and Elouise Parker 10.00

W.J.H., from W.J.H. Jr. and J.M.H. 123.45

Elefterious and Olga Kirlis, from Barney, Maria and Alexis 100.00

John Sr., Louise, Betty and Joe Lavelle 100.00

Our son, Michael 100.00

Jean Stamper Smith and Linda Smart Smith Dodd, our memorable mothers 20.00

Martha Freesland, Eyhel Syaley, Mary Jahnsen, Patricia Scarborough, Sharon McCabe and Marilyn Wyndham 25.00

Our parents, Evelyn and Dixon Hardy and Lucretia and Chet Nowak, from Carolyn and Dan Hardy 50.00

My Godmother, Trudy Moore, from Carolyn Hardy 25.00

Our Son, Hank Witt Jr. 100.00

My son, Travis Robert Baker, from Ann and David Morris 100.00

Arthur and Eugenia Rivers 100.00

My mother, Mildren W. Barron 35.00

Big, MeMa and Gramps 200.00

Our parents, Grady and Louise Lancaster and Robert and Lillian Clements, and sister Gayle Clements Taylor 75.00

Carolyn G. Steele and Joseph Pendarvis 100.00

Tiger 30.00

Joseph T. Isaac III from his uncle, Brad A. Smith 25.00

My daddy, George A. Smith, from his son, Brad A. Smith 50.00

My daughter, Kristy R. Smith, from her daddy, Brad A. Smith 50.00

Our dear departed friends, who will remain in our hearts forever, from East Cooper Family Pharmacy 100.00

Jimmy and Maude Hall 200.00

Jack and Odeline Young 200.00

Fred Snelling 200.00

Mr. Wilkie 200.00

Shorty Crane 200.00

James Preister 200.00

Marion, Bill and Tina Spell and Dick Spell 300.00

Liza Lu and Sazee Lu 20.00

My parents, William F. and Francina T. Cisa, Granny Cisa, Uncle Joe, Uncle Russell, Uncle Arthur and Estelle Cisa 100.00

My wonderful son, Matthew Renken, his dad Ralph and his Godfather, A.B. "Raggie Johnson," with love from Linda 200.00

Martha Jane Toole Harrison, Mr. James Joseph Hurley, Catherine Hurley Padgett Johnson, Nellie Martina Agnes McManus, Mr. Frederick Bohlinger Sharp, Virgie Mae Padgett Sharp, Bishops David Bernard Thompson and Ernest Leo Unterkoefler and Miss Jon Stephanie Zagar from James Shannon Hurley 10.00

TODAY'S TOTAL $13,269.20

PREVIOUS TOTAL $186,287.87

YEAR TO DATE $199,557.07

LAST YEAR TO DATE $142,586.62