Mercury News readers have continued to respond generously to the Wish Book's annual entreaty to help their neighbors in need.
Readers have donated, written and called to express their support for those featured in this year's 24 Wish Book stories, including former foster child Molly Ganoza, the music therapy program at Pacific Autism Center for Education, and student teacher Melissa Canela.
The Wish Book stories will continue through Dec. 24, and all of the stories can be found at www.mercurynews.info/wishbook. Readers may make a tax-deductible donation on the website or contribute by mail using the coupon printed in the paper. Wish Book also accepts donations of appreciated stock. Readers interested in making a stock donation should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following is a partial list of Wish Book donors:
I. Adams; Hussein Afifi; Anthony and Chris Aiello in honor of Jennifer Frise, Katie Frise and Aimee Frise; Brenda Allred; Marianne Ambrosini; Steven and Mary Andersen in honor of Jeanne Petersen; William and Susan Andersen in honor of Many Love Ones; Ann Arfsten in honor of the Serensca Family; Paul Askounis in honor of Mary A. and Jennie F.
Christopher Bajorek; Norma Baker; George Balster; Cip and Cora Bareng; Ellen Barker in honor of Furry Friend Team at Grace; Jack and Gloria Barone in honor of Austin J. Barone; Stephanie
Tiphanie Byrd-Cimoli; Brent Callaghan; Alice and Craig Capen; Conrad and Kathleen Carlson in honor of Harry and Evelyn Wilson; Cynthia Carr in honor of J. and A. Hippely; Viola Carr; Theresa Casey in honor of the Gill Family; Deborah Haas and Helena Castro; Gordon Chamberlain; Marie Chan in honor of Edith Poon; Herbert K. Chang; Gloria and Ken Cheng; Karen Chiu in honor of Roberta and Maureen Bessette; Richard and Lillian Clark in honor of Anna Clark; Margaret Clear in honor of Elisa Grace; Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Coelho; Rose Marie Colli in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Aiello and family; Patricia Colter in honor of Patricia Colter and Ted Cribari; Sandy Conforti; Courtney Connor; Chrysanthy Conomos; Lawrence and Darleen Cormier in honor of Bill Cormier; Bob Corman in honor of Stephanie; Christopher Corpus; Clint and Shelby Cox in honor of Michael S. Cox; Luanne Cox; Nicholas Crisafi in honor of Stella P. Crisafi; Frank and Ruth Crosby in memory of Annie Munoz and David Crosby; Michael Culcasi in honor of Rose Culcasi.
Marion Dadisman in honor of Dottie Howder; Virginia Dahl in honor of Alison M. Mackey; Joanne D'Ambrosia in honor of the D'Ambrosia Family; Linda P. Davidge; James Davidson; Betty Davis; John and Maxine De Maria in honor of Jody De Maria; Felix and Shirley DeMartis in honor of Emily Schneider; Andria deWitt-Conley; Gwen and Terry Duffy; Pam Erwin in honor of Roy and Sybil Ledden.
Hillary and Stan Farkas; Lyn Faust in honor of Anne Gould and Laura Roberts; Janet Fee in honor of Charley Fee; Al and Jackie Ferguson; Guy and Karen Ferrante in honor of Forrest Tanner; Charles and Antoinette Fike in honor of Graciela Arias; Ronaele Findley; Margaret Fisher; Marilyn Fordham in honor of John W. Fordham; Bruce and Marguerite Frederick; Steven French in honor of Randy and April Anderson; JoAnn Frevert in memory of Dede Mariani; Kristeen and Mary Fukunaga in honor of Helen Kawahara; Sharon Fuqua.
Don Gagliardi; Tracey Gatheral; Reg Gazay in honor of Sylvia Gazay; George and Evelyn Geraci in memory of Pete Veneto; Karen Giles in honor of all humanity; David E. Gold, Saratoga; Evelyn Goldstein; Janine and Hendrik Goosen; Sheridan Govers.
Jim and Linda Hagan in honor of Karen and Travis Webster; Janet Hagemann in honor of Arthur A. Laibly; Julie Hall in honor of Greg Junell; Paul and Rene Halpern; Nancy Handel in honor of Elaine Huisman; Mary Hanel in honor of Stanley L. Hanel; Gary Hanson; Mark Hanson; G. Hays and Wo Rice; Lee Heathorn; Marie Hensley and Cathy Criswell; Malcolm Higgins in honor of Beatrice B. Higgins; Dale Hill; Catherine Holley; Ofelia Hsieh in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Lin; Gary Hubbard in honor of Jim Stapleton; Nancy Hubbart in honor of Skip Hawkins; Roger and Lorene Hughes in honor of Vesta Berger; Marcia Hulberg in honor of N. Ray Mowery; Dan and Debra Hunter.
Peyton Ikeda in honor of Kenneth Kawamoto; Gene and Toni Impey; Kathryn Ingram and Paul Cauchi in honor of Rob Ingram; Bill and Cynie Jackson in memory of Chris Bush and Family; Sudha Jagannathan; Joell Hanson; Max Jedda in honor of Lori Jedda; Angelina Johnson in honor of Don Cordero; Benita Jones.
Mary Kahn in honor of Mary Fournier; Lawrence Kaplan in honor of Larry and Fran Kaplan; Lucy and Stanley Karp, Jr.; David and Karen Keefer; Matt and Karen Keil; Clinton and Gayle Kennedy in honor of the spirit of Christmas; Janet King in honor of August King; Kathleen Kister in honor of Marlene Remington; Barbara Klein in honor of Dr. Stan Schrier, science educator; Jennie Klenow in honor of Dion Mathewson; Rudolph Knight in honor of the Knight Family; Joanne Kobori in honor of Judy Fujito; Steven Kopald; Stephen and Janet Kornberg; Sue and Mike Kowalski; Gary and Yuko Kushner in honor of Jackie Golden.
Denny and Celeste Lahr; Laura Laughlin in honor of James Laughlin; John and Dianne Laumann; Tzu-Chun Lin; Phil and Judy Livengood; Joyce and Stuart Locke; Mark and Denise Lochtefeld in honor of Kevin Lochtefeld; Marilyn Lombardi in honor of Jim and Kathryn Kane; Gloria Losonsky in honor of Virginia M Cisneros; Frances Love in honor of Andrew's Mother, wow!; Mario and Bettina Lowe; Michael Lowpensky; Norma Luciano in honor of Jay J. Luciano.
Marjorie Ma in honor of Anthony Ma; Donna Mackay in honor of Igor Mackay; Hailen Mak; Judith Manton; Chris and Corinne Marshall; Mark Masterson in honor of Stephanie Mayorga; Alice Matson in honor of Rick Peralta; Julie Maurey in honor of cousin Leslie; Mary Maxey; Marsha Mayer; Susan McAllister; Robert and Lin McGrath in honor of McGrath Family; Glenn Meier; Mendoza Trust in honor of Marie Mendoza; Victor Menon; Jeanne Merino; Jojy Michael in honor of my parents Rose and Michael and all my teachers; Bryan Miller in honor of John T. Miller; Mary Mohorovich in honor of Stephanie Mayorga; Ted Levin and Elissa Moreno in honor of Albert Moreno; Curt and Mary Mottesheard in honor of Kevin Johnson; Jeannie Mullins in honor of Tom Nickell; Karin Murabito in honor of Frank Vergara.
Glen and Gloria Nakamatsu; Namhai Nguyen in honor of Long Nguyen; Nicolas Nguyen; Valerie Nicoletti; Edward and Anna Olivera in honor of Jason DeVargas; Robert Orr in honor of Warren D. Orr.
Bill and Luanne Parrish; Diane Patterson; Tom Patterson; Joyce Pedersen; Robert Pedretti; Rick Phillips in honor of Skills Plus; John and Lee Pierce; Suzanne Pike in honor of George and Elaine Alameda; Anne Pound in honor of Elsie O. Allworth; Marilyn and Blake Putney.
Joan and Ed Regalado in honor of Helene Klein; Lev Revutsky; Mike and Arlene Rexford; Dolores Ridgely; Stephen Robie; Bob "Noodles" Romanoff; Philip Roybal; Jim Rubnitz in honor of Burke and Ann Weismann; Carole Ryan in honor of Marjorie Henders. Jeannine Sacco; Clemente and Michael San Felipe in honor of San Felipe Family; Edward and Annette Schiffman in honor of Harriet Blatman; Norma Schmitz in memory of Ida Ruffino Schmitz; Robin Schooss in honor of all grandparents; Roberta Schulte; Ellen and Marvin Schwartz; Barry Scott in honor of Phil, Margaret and Wendell; Mary Scott; Lyle and Sally Sechrest; Guy and Mimi Shellman; Thomas Shine in honor of Tim Decker; Greg and Susan Sickal; Linda Sierras in honor of Linda Sierras; Teresa Simpson in honor of Matthew Simpson; Teresa Simpson in honor of Sarah Simpson; Lois Smallwood in honor of Taffy and Mark Smallwood; Florence Smith in honor of Gregory, Bartley, Fritz, Eric, Amanda & Hans; Smock Revocable Trust in honor of Marilyn Silva; Joy Solano in honor of Richard Solano; Richard and Lisa South in memory of Andrew Sugiyama; Partha Srinivasan; James and Jan Steichen in honor of Cevin and Brooklynn; Daniel and Gerda Stephens in honor of Anne Frances Stephens; Kirk Stoddard in honor of Mary Lou D. Enton and Virginia Stoddard; Joseph Sunseri in honor of Rosario Sunseri; Shreeraj Sutaria in honor of Rape Crisis Center; Jean Sutherland.
Ruth Kitayama Terao; Chester Thuener and Joyce Malia; Milton Thomas in honor of Michael Thomas; Kathleen Thomas; Monet Thomson; Gene Tognetti in honor of Fred and Clara Tognetti; Jaime and Barbara Tolentino; Ray Tom; Lee and Merry Tomasello; Irving and Karen Traiger; Hoan Tran in honor of Bryan Tran; Tony Tran; Uyen Tran; Christa Troxell; Robert Trujillo; Tats and Rose Tsunekawa; Moira Turner.
Patti Van Der Burg in honor of Lorraine Guptill; Christine Virata-Stone in honor of Leoning Berardino and Olga Stone; Maarit and Jonathan Visbal; Ann Vivian.
William and Debora Wagner in honor of Uncle John McCain; Richard and Nancy Walter; Gail and Sam Wasserman; James Weber; Ken Weber; Larry Weber; Linda Pelton Weinstein; Robert and Tami Westergart in honor of Rick Peralta, "Semper Fi" (PHS); Carol Whiteley; Wickler Family; Daniel Wiles in honor of Aldena Wiles; Charles and Zana Wilkie in honor of Angie Wilkie; Catherine Williams in honor of Sam Ricks; Robin Williams; Robert Wilson; Su-Lin Winalski in honor of Kim Throndson; Michelle Winner in honor of Pat Garcia; Fred and Lois Wolcott; Jude Wong; William Worthington in honor of Scott, Jeremy and Travis.
Stan and Diane Yamane; Chung and Judy Yang in honor of S.C. Tsui; Leslie Yates.
HOW TO HELP
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