- A reader in Tennessee sent $5 with a Christmas card that included a note: "Thanks for keeping us in the loop while Gannett keeps us in the dark."
- From Northern Virginia: "Thanks for all you do. Happy holidays!" and $20.
- "Thanks for keeping us informed," said an Oregon reader, who included $20.
- And from a second reader in Tennessee, $25 -- with this message: "Wishes for a bright and happy holiday. Thanks for your work on the blog!"
With advertising sales, these new contributions bring me to 86% of my goal. But there are now just eight days left in the quarter for me to earn another $569. The breakdown to date:
- Reader donations: $1,005
- Advertising: $2,436