Sunday, January 02, 2000

Wish List gets record $177,767

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The 14th year of the Wish List is turning out to be its most successful.

        The project, sponsored by the Enquirer and administered by the United Way, assists needy people whose stories are told in the newspaper. Thus far, 2,002 donors have contributed $177,767. That compares with $114,643 from 1,587 donors at this time last year.

        The 1999 amount also surpasses the $170,964 raised in 1989.

        Among those benefiting from the generosity of Tristate residents is Esther Schirmer. The new steps to her basement, where she does laundry, make a big difference, she said.

        “They turned out real good,” said the Bethel woman, 70. “The other ones were old. They were pulling away from the wall and deteriorating.”

        Mrs. Schirmer cares for her daughter, who is legally blind, and son, who is mentally disabled. A company that wishes to remain anonymous donated and installed her new steps.

        “She called me at home that afternoon; she was absolutely thrilled,” said Linda Eppler of Clermont Senior Services Inc.

        Mrs. Schirmer also was in need of a dryer. A fellow senior citizen, who also wants to remain anonymous, bought one. It was delivered Christmas Eve.

        Said Ms. Eppler: “The lady who bought the dryer told me, "I want you to find out what kind of detergent she uses and buy her the biggest box you can find and send me the bill.'”


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