Helen is 78 years old and legally blind. Her husband is deceased and all her children live out of state. Because of poor vision, she must visit the eye doctor every three months, but transportation is a problem.

She lives on Johns Island and hasn't driven in several years. She can't use public transportation because the bus route is too far from her home. Taking a cab is very expensive, and Tel-A-Ride does not go to Johns Island.

If Helen can't get a ride from a friend, she must use the Independent Transportation Network, which is also a strain on her meager finances.

Helen has received transportation assistance from a Good Cheer Fund agency in the past, and your contribution to this year's campaign can help make sure she gets to her doctor's appointments this holiday season.

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.

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 www.goodcheerfund.com.

CONTRIBUTIONS

Melody and Jerry Nuss $150.00

John Davis $200.00

Ignacio and Shirley Marquez $100.00

Whitfield Family Charitable Trust $5,000.00

James Shannon Hurley $10.00

Larry Hearn $100.00

From Ron H. for Charleston Youth Development Center $50.00

Patty Cetrone and Len Gantler $100.00

ANONYMOUS

$300.00

$100.00

$500.00

IN LIEU OF CARDS

Ana Herrera and Kitt Weiss $30.00

IN MEMORY OF

Our loved ones and friends from Marie and John Sullivan $100.00

John L. McQueen, John McQueen Copeland and John R. Copeland $75.00

Eleanor Coggins $100.00

Our Grampa, Maj. Rudy Faust USMC Ret., from Kyle Jacob Faust, Quinn Peyton Harris and Gabriel Rudolph Rodriguez $15.00

Two basset hounds and a springer spaniel $50.00

Bill Regan and David Heisser -- two great friends $100.00

Loren W. Hall $100.00

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

Charles Ratledge and Adona Kaye from Jim and Jacki Ratledge $100.00

John C. Groblewski Sr., Peggy Groblewski and Jay Groblewski $100.00

My uncle, Ernest Taar $15.00

Peggy, Timmy and Terry $100.00

TODAY'S TOTAL $7,595.00

PREVIOUS TOTAL $9,859.79

YEAR TO DATE $17,454.79

LAST YEAR TO DATE $13,163.34