How Holiday Helping Hand assisted Dutchess residents this season and beyond

Each year, the Poughkeepsie Journal and United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region raise funds for Dutchess County programs that assist local kids and families in having a happy holiday season through gift card giveaways, breakfasts with Santa and holiday dinners.

The funds raised in the annual Holiday Helping Hand campaign go toward the following holiday season's programs — donations received last year enabled programs to function this year.

Over the past two months, our reporters have shared stories of those efforts in action.

At center, Betty Harrel, development vice president of the Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women coordinates with volunteers, from left, Barbara Durniak, Nancy Marrine, Stephanie Pyrek and Gloria Ghedini for their Holiday Helping Hand project, Leading to Reading at the United Methodist Church in Hude Park on November 29, 2023.

We introduced you to Poughkeepsie volunteers sorting crates of children's books to be distributed at a local shelter and teenagers learning skills to support their future in the workforce, and their expression as artists.

People who have been incarcerated found a way to move forward and thrive in our local communities. Students forged connections after school through music, sports and adding their thoughts to a collaborative podcast. Meal prep training fostered confidence and independence at a new life skills lab.

These programs were assisted by donations to the 2022-2023 Holiday Helping Hand campaign.

Madison Ahouse, senior case manager for the Poughkeepsie office of Exodus Transitional Community works with a new client, Frank Garcia on December 11, 2023.
Madison Ahouse, senior case manager for the Poughkeepsie office of Exodus Transitional Community works with a new client, Frank Garcia on December 11, 2023.

Now we look ahead to the groups who will benefit from our community's generosity next holiday season. As of Jan. 11, 219 donations have been received, amounting to $24,130.38.

The following donations were made to the 2023-24 Holiday Helping Hand campaign, grouped in the order they were received:

From Jan. 5-11

  • Dorothy Terenski, $50

  • In Memory of Julia Marus, From Julie & Ron Linton, $500

  • Sherman Furniture Rentals, $500

  • Anonymous, $10

From Dec. 29 to Jan. 4

  • Anonymous, $50

  • Ann Constantinople, $50

  • Ann Weeks, $100

  • Gail & Frank La Rose, $100

  • Janet Huston, $50

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Marilyn & David Lampell, $102.65

  • Bernard Dillon, $51.32

  • Kathleen Bartles, $1000

  • John St. Leger, $153.98

  • Susan Partington, $25.66

  • Stephen Emanuel, $51.32

  • Michael Levine, $51.32

  • Anonymous, $153.98

  • Lynne & Robert Kopac, $205.31

  • In Memory of Ken & Dot Robertson, Arthur & Ada Chartier, and Rev. Richard Chartier, by Grace Chartier, $100

  • Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey S. Graham, $125

  • Gary J. Hilton, $100

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Maureen J. Taylor, $100

From Dec. 22-28

  • In Honor of the Ed Boone Family, From Kathryn & Edwin Boone, $100

  • Anonymous, $250

  • William & Elizabeth Harrel, $75

  • Jim & Inge Gallagher, $100

  • Angela & Peter Fatzinger, $125

  • Theresa & Patrick O'Neill, $50

  • In Memory of Pacu Maguier, $100

  • The at Sabellico Greenhouses - Florist, $250

  • Anonymous, $75

  • Anonymous, $25

  • In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Louis E. Breglia, From L. Eugene Breglia, Jr, $100

  • Anonymous, $20

  • In Memory of Brian McGrath, $25

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Dana Lynn & James Herrington, $200

  • In Memory of Brian McGrath, From Kenneth McGrath, $25

  • Jessie and Frances Sutherland, $50

  • Rebecca Wisniewski & William Lewis, $120.23

  • Anonymous, $50

  • In Memory of Edward & Alma Poplawski, From Lisa Ann Poplawski, $200

  • Ron & Mary Jane Von Allmen, $100

  • Carolyn & Richard McAleese, $25

  • In Memory of Paul McCue, From Ann Gross, $36

  • In Memory of Richard C. Travis, From Sheila J. Travis, $25

  • Myra Morales, $100

  • Shirley D. Ranieri, $50

  • In Memory of Pamela Dederer Pecorelli, From Elizabeth Dederer, $50

  • Rachel Reisman, $100

  • Anonymous, $25

  • Thomas E. McNamee, $14.87

  • Irven & Gretchen Carpenter, $102.65

  • In Memory of Ken Klick, $50

  • Anne Constantinople, $100

  • Patricia Koch, $25

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Thad & Mildred Jones, $100

  • In Memory of Kimberly Doughty Abrams, $150

  • David and Judith Longacre, $51.32

  • In Memory of John Murnin, From Joan Murnin, $50

  • In Memory of Ronald Creeden, From Maureen Creeden, $100

From Dec. 15-21

  • Victoria & Mike Dennin, $25

  • Anonymous, $1

  • Anonymous, $25

  • In Memory of Delores Kelly and in Honor of Kevin Kelly, From Elyse Mansfield, $25

  • Anonymous, $15

  • Rosemary & Alan Thomas, $250

  • Chris, Linda, and Helen Harden, $50

  • Christine Petrone, $50

  • Jinny & Robert Goff, $25

  • In Memory of My Parents Mary & Philip Hoag, From Amy Hoag Lynch, $30

  • Charles and Shirley Saylor, $125

  • Anonymous, $150

  • Theresa & John Brewster, $25

  • Anonymous, $25

  • Elizabeth Dederer, $100

  • Michael & Teresa Caruso, $30

  • In Memory of Tony Buccelli, From Allison & Dwight, $100

  • In Honor of Nathan Lawrence-Paine, From Anonymous, $100

  • In Memory of Our Loved Ones, Family, & Friends, Anonymous, $50

  • In Memory of Jeff Raymond, From Nancy & Bruce Raymond, $100

  • Arlene Becker, $25.66

  • Diane Moody, $51.32

  • Maureen Logan, $513.29

  • Rita Banner, $102.65

  • Renate Friedrichsen, $50

  • In Loving Memory of Roy & Helen Dunham, From Cheryl & Ed Venuto, $100

  • Sheila Davis, $20

  • Anonymous, $250

  • Dutchess County Home Bureau, $70

From Dec. 8-14

  • Anonymous, $51.32

  • Al Cerilli, $100

  • Kara Cerilli, $100

  • Anonymous, $200

  • In Memory of Linda Caporuscio, From Gary & Linda Caporuscio, $100

  • In Memory of Sandra T. Vana, From Llmar Vana, $50

  • Dr. Sheldon & Roz Werner, $100

  • Anonymous, $100

  • In Memory of the Cotton and Baldwin Families, From Michael & Carol Cotton, $100

  • Barbara Zawadzinsky, $50

  • Anonymous, $50

  • Smithfield Presbyterian Church, $100

  • Edmond Selby, $100

  • In Memory of Robert Homko, From Jacqueline Homko, $25

  • Clarence & Joan Furman, $50

  • In Memory of Vincent Mullen and James O'Neill, From Michael Mullin and Erin O'Neill, $200

  • Ann Marie Maiello, $50

  • Anonymous, $500

  • In Memory of My Friends Wayne Ennist, Charles R. Johnson, Eric Gugleberger, and Thomas Jaques, From Louis Ciminaro, $50

  • In Memory of Marie English, Ruth Morey, & Joan Whiteley, From Elfriede Tillman, $100

  • Jean & William O'Neill, $250

  • Linda S. McReynolds, $25

  • In Memory of Mary & Richard W. Booth, Sr. & Rachel Cusher Vittone, From Gerald & Linda Vittone, $150

  • In Memory of The Cotton and Baldwin Families from Michael and Carol Cotton, $100

  • Michael Hogan & Joan Magnuson, $100

  • Linda McReynolds, $50

  • Stephen & Cheryl Kerins, $256.64

  • Anonymous, $51.32

  • Albert & Lorraine Hughes, $100

  • In Memory of James R. Smith, From Joan Smith and Family, $100

From Dec. 1-7

  • Charles & Roni Stein, $100

  • In Memory of Joe Resta, Love Renie, $75

  • Linda McCluskey, $50

  • Mr. & Mrs. Clarence N. Glover, Jr., $300

  • Anonymous, $45

  • Anonymous, $150

  • In Memory of Marty Quick, Love Peggie, $100

  • Diane Fiscina, $200

  • Shirley Lee, $25

  • Kathleen Bartles, $1000

  • Pat & John Varricchio, $100

  • In Memory of our Dad "Chuck", From James Collins, $50

  • In Memory of P. David Dobbs, From Gloria Dobbs, $200

  • In Memory of Dennis M. Powers & Louis M. Brosang, From Dennis & Barbara Powers, $100

  • In Memory of My Husband, Edward Nadeau, From Jackie Nadeau, $100

  • In Memory of Stanley Hamm & Anna Moore, From Mae Hamm, $25

  • Anthony & Diane Galucci, $51.32

  • In Memory of Josie V., $10

  • Lorraine Carbone, $25

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Angelia & Danielle Kassow, $100

  • In Memory of Ray & Len Kistner, From Bernard Kistner, $100

  • In Honor of Our Grandkids, Our Next Generation, From Judie & Lee Pagones, $50

  • Margaret Barton, $50

  • Frank & Judith Darrow, $200

  • Judith Perlman, $100

  • Donald & Christine Stammer, $50

  • Cathy Hingos, $30.79

  • In Memory of Patrice Abruzzo, From Judith Abruzzo-Wasilewski, $25

  • In Memory of Debby S. Baldwin, From Harry Baldwin, $500

  • In Memory of John C. Ritchie, From Diana Ritchie, $100

  • In Memory of Melissa D. Ritchie, From Diana Ritchie, $100

  • Carol Gray, $50

  • In Memory of Our Parents and Grandparents Walt & Joyce Herrmann, and Curtis and Anna Martinson, Love Jim, Cindy, David, And Jeff, $50

  • Gary Zadany, $100

  • Mia Anderson, $25

  • Pam & Bill Dahncke, $25

  • William Peckham, $100

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Anonymous, $50

  • In Memory of Father, Donald Doria and Mother, Pearl Woodin, From Rebecca Hastings, $20

  • Frank & Maureen Derasmo, $75

  • Keith Axelrod, $102.65

  • Gerald & Margaret Kelly, $100

  • John & Laura Williams, $300

  • Stuart Leydon, $20

  • Anonymous, $51.32

From Nov. 17-30

  • Anonymous, $25.66

  • Anonymous, $102.65

  • Natalie & Chris Thorsen, $51.32

  • Paul Rich, $50

  • Anonymous, $50

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Philip & Frances Shepherd, $100

  • Gerald & Helene Lutz, $50

  • In Memory of Dorthy & Alden Traver, From Charlie Traver, $100

  • Andrew & Kristine MacDonald, $100

  • Allan L Haines, $50

  • In Memory of Jerry & Shirley Delaney and Chris Hunt, Jr, From Michael & Debra Brown, $100

  • Anonymous, $5

  • In Memory of Dominick & Helen Palmeri From Norbert & Maryanne Hart, $25

  • Ann S Mercer, $50

  • In Memory of Our Parents Lorraine & Bob Goeway, and Bea & Mike Grega, from Linda Stow & Vincent Grega, $100

  • Dorothy Tervenski, $50

  • Nancy Ann Krisniski, $25

  • Shirley & Richard Granda, $50

  • In Memory of Erin Shanley, From Valerie Shanley, $100

  • Philip & Frances Shepherd, $100

  • The Lunch Bunch, $50

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Anonymous, $100

  • Edgar & Phyllis Stamy, $25

  • Anonymous, $16

  • In Loving Memory of Our Daughter, From Richard & Elizabeth Dorsey, $100

  • Anonymous, $100

  • In Memory of Emma L Whitehead, $25

  • In Memory of Our Parents, From L.K. & Girjesh Parashar, $75

  • Karen and Jim O'Brien, $153.98

  • Shirley & Richard Granda, $40

  • Anonymous, $256.64

  • In Memory of Erin Shanley, From Valerie Shanley, $100

  • Anonymous, $25

  • Bernard & Shirley Handel, $150

  • In Memory of Olive H Doty, From Cynthia Doty Stirling, $50

  • John & Barbara Marmillo, $100

  • In Memory of my husband, Gerald C Becker, and Daughter, Betsy M Mulder, From Margie Becker, $100

  • In Memory of R. Trueman Witherwax, From Dorothy Witherwax, $25

  • Anonymous, $50

  • Anonymous, $50

  • John & Harriet Furey, $250

  • In Memory of T-Bone, From Anonymous, $20

  • In Memory of My Husband Vince Libretti, From Rose Libretti, $100

  • Frank & Rose Van Zanten, $300

  • Kathy Hogan

As of Nov. 16

  • In Memory of Chloe Rose Evans and Jim Swenson, from Patricia Evans, $25

  • David and Jo Lynne Johnson, $100

  • Church Communities Foundation, $1030.25

  • William and Geraldine Browne, $25

  • Charles A. Pellegrino, $500

This article originally appeared on Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: Holiday Helping Hand donations will assist Dutchess residents in 2024

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