Nearly $10,000 has been raised thus far for Operation Help through the C-T's Holiday Greeting Card.

As of this morning (Thursday), the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune had collected $9,839.11 for Operation Help, a mere $160.89 shy of $10,000, for an organization that has been helping the Livingston County community for 29 years.

Among the biggest donors were checks received in the amounts of $2500, $2,000 and several for $1,000. Although, even those donations of $1 help pay for utilities, rent, medicine, gas for doctor appointments and many other needs within Livingston County.

Operation Help is now purchasing food for the LIFE Center Food Pantry, a project they have taken on in the past year, along with the day-to-day activities of the charity.

So far this year, Operation Help has written nearly 500 checks totaling nearly $100,000.

Operation Help depends on donations, as they receive no federal or state funding and all of their administrative expenses are donated.

Every dollar received for Operation Help goes directly to help the people of the county.

"I want to thank everybody for their support," said Operation Help Treasurer John Cook. He also stated that we do have a real need within the community and through this fundraiser of sorts, a big part of that need is met.

"With your help we can continue to keep 100 percent of donations going toward meeting their needs."

The C-T will be accepting donations through Friday, Dec. 21 at noon. Donate $1 per name, and we will list you on our Holiday Greeting Card which will appear in the Constitution-Tribune on Monday, Dec. 24. Give more than a dollar if you can to help out this worthy cause.