Mercury News readers are responding 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 brain-injury patient and former Marine Rick Peralta, and Sandra Blackwell, a cancer-survivor who is raising five grandchildren and needs to replace items the family lost due to a bedbug infestation.
Stephanie Mayorga, a 5-year-old San Jose girl with quadriplegic cerebral palsy who hopes to get an adaptive tricycle that she can operate herself, also has drawn an impressive outpouring of support.
The Wish Book articles will continue through Dec. 24. All of the stories can be found online now at www.mercurynews.info/wishbook. Readers may make a tax-deductible donation on the website, or may 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.
Since 1983, Mercury News readers have helped the needy in Silicon Valley and surrounding counties through Wish Book. Over the years, nearly $7.5 million has been distributed, paying for everything from specialized wheelchairs to nutritious meals to books for children.
Following is a partial list of Wish Book donors:
Anita L. Abeyta; Lisa Akselrad in memory of Rabbi Sidney Akselrad; Jason and Mary Alter; Donna Alves in honor of her mother; Patricia and Deanna Alves in memory of Joe Alves and Bill George.
Dale Bailey; Greg Barr in honor of Karen Brown; Mara Beckerman; Jean Bell; Deborah Best in memory of Chris Oreglia; William Brooks in honor of Penny and Cleve Holland; Nancy Buchanan; Kristie Bui in honor of Khui Bui.
Carbullido Family; Alexander and Janice Cardona in honor of Renee Ortiz; Peter Castro in honor of Semper Fi; William D. and Margaret Chandler in honor of Margaret J. Chandler; Herbert Chang; Ricky Chang; Ryan and Heather Cherniss; Deborah Colden; Sarah Copeland in honor of Charles Frederick "Fred" Fox; Bob Corman in honor of Stephanie; Ann R. Crockett in honor of Shirley Finnegan.
Karl Danz; Laurie Dean; Julie Denman in honor of Grace Community Center showers; Deborah Dolan; Pamela M. Durham; Mary Egan in honor of Robert Leo Egan; Don and Diane Elvander; Brian J. Fernandez in honor of Joseph Fernandez; Julie Fidler; Branan Freeman; Johnny C. Gogo in honor of Captain Matt Manoukian.
Shelley Gould; Don Grijalva; Marguerite M. Gualtieri in honor of E. Frank Gualtieri; Larry Guglielmelli in honor of Stephanie Mayorga; Cookie Hansen; Bernard W. and Jean Hardwicke in honor of Lynn Hardwicke and Mima Hardwicke; Diane M. Hildebrand in honor of Elwood Hildebrand; Katherine Hohbach in honor of Joel Duval; Stephanie Holoubek; Marilyn Y. Hurst in honor of Steve and Barbara Hurst.
Sherry and Andrejs Jaunrubenis; David Johnston; William A. and Mary Kunkel in honor of Dorothy Kunkel; Rob Lajoie; Grace Landers; Barbara Largent; John Paul Lechtenberg; Bonnie Lee in honor of Karen Brown; Lynn Lehmann in honor of Frank Lehmann; Leslie Leonetti; Ed and Erma Linn; Laura Longshore.
Neil W. McCarty; Thomas R. McLauchlan in honor of Armed Forces Veterans; Geoffrey and Angelika Mendal; Mersch Family; Linda Meyer in honor of Kevin Johnson; Deborah Michel in honor of Vicki Michel; Kathleen A. Miller in honor of Beth Lennert; Chu Minghua in honor of May Ying Tong, my darling Grandma; Martha Montiel; Susan Moore; Greg Murphy.
Rich and Linda Nedved; Hang and Teresa Ngo; Bob and Joyce Northey; Katherine Oven; Joyce Pedersen; James E. and Lorraine Peterson in honor of Della Grant; Phi Pham; Karyn Plank in memory of Holly Hayes; Jennifer Plath in honor of my childhood friend, Rick Peralta.
Judy Quinn; John Regan in honor of Martha Regan; Kevin Richardson; Lisa Robertson; Mark Robinson; Roy and Marsha Rocklin; Carlos A. and Maria Sanchez; Michael Mary Scafani; Elizabeth Schneiderman; Scott and Christina Seaman; Shaeffer/Rogier Family Trust in honor of Toad; Marci Stevenson.
Tanner Family; Laura Torres; Lynda Trelut in honor of Music therapists everywhere; Trindle Family; Stephen Tsai; Melissa Veselovsky in honor of Karen Brown; Victor and Bonnie Vierra in honor of Paul Borges; Laurie Weckesser; Ben Wikramanayake; Joseph Yamen in honor of Jim and Nancy Truitner; Asa Yonemura; Bess and Steve Zientek.
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