Northeast Times

Our holiday fund helps Northeast people in need

I was laid off from my job a few months ago. It’s been hard to keep a roof over our heads, provide food and pay our bills. I would love to see my daugh­ters smile on Christ­mas. I would ap­pre­ci­ate any­thing your hol­i­day fund could do to help our strug­gling fam­ily.

That ex­cerpt from a let­ter writ­ten to us by a North­east moth­er is sadly typ­ic­al of the ap­peals we are re­ceiv­ing for as­sist­ance from our Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund. It’s also an­oth­er year of a dif­fi­cult eco­nomy for all of us, but es­pe­cially for those con­cerned about provid­ing hol­i­day meals and presents when it’s dif­fi­cult enough to make ends meet.

That has be­come the mis­sion of the Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund. It was con­ceived dec­ades ago by the former long­time own­er of the North­east Times, and this is the 56th year of reach­ing out to help friends and neigh­bors in need.

This char­it­able en­deavor has en­dured so long be­cause of the com­pas­sion and gen­er­os­ity of the people of North­east Phil­adelphia. Year after year, your mon­et­ary con­tri­bu­tions to our hol­i­day cam­paign have en­abled the Times to re­spond to the ap­peals of fam­il­ies who can only dream of provid­ing that hol­i­day set­ting of love, hap­pi­ness and grat­it­ude.

Since the passing of my hus­band a couple years ago, my fam­ily has been strug­gling. I can’t al­low pride to keep me from ask­ing for help for my chil­dren.

As we com­mence an­oth­er hol­i­day sea­son, we need to so­li­cit your caring spir­it once again. The amount of money you’re able to con­trib­ute has nev­er been the is­sue. All that mat­ters is that you want to con­trib­ute. In the end, it all adds up to a lot of heart-warm­ing ges­tures.

Last year, even amid harsh times, it was re­mark­able that the hol­i­day cam­paign raised nearly $9,000 to help more than 80 fam­il­ies in North­east Phil­adelphia to en­joy hol­i­day meals or give cher­ished presents to their chil­dren.

This char­it­able en­deavor has en­dured so long be­cause of the com­pas­sion and gen­er­os­ity of the people of North­east Phil­adelphia. 

And, as al­ways, we are so ap­pre­ci­at­ive of your help. Your con­tri­bu­tions to our hol­i­day cam­paign have en­abled the Times to an­swer the ap­peals of fam­il­ies who can only dream of provid­ing that hol­i­day sea­son to re­mem­ber.

We gladly wel­come let­ters from North­east res­id­ents who are fa­cing a par­tic­u­larly tough time this sea­son and would be grate­ful for a spe­cial hol­i­day din­ner or need help with gifts. Or, if you’re a re­l­at­ive or neigh­bor who knows of someone de­serving, tell us about it.

So read­ers, please, if you can help, send con­tri­bu­tions to the North­east Times Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund, 2512 Met­ro­pol­it­an Drive, Tre­vose, PA 19053. Let­ters seek­ing help also can be sent to the same ad­dress.

But we do re­quire some in­form­a­tion. If you or someone you know is in need of as­sist­ance, please write us a short let­ter ex­plain­ing why help is needed. In­clude your name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber. 

Also, we re­quire that people ask­ing for help provide the name and phone num­ber of a per­son or agency so that we may veri­fy a re­cip­i­ent’s situ­ation.

We would like to thank these latest con­trib­ut­ors to our cur­rent hol­i­day fund:

• An­onym­ous: $10

• An­onym­ous: $25

• An­onym­ous: $50

• An­onym­ous: $50

• Kath­leen Colalongo: $25

• Don­al Garden: $25

• Nancy Jereb: $25

• Lor­raine Kolibabek: $20

• Jane Lamb­ing: $15

• Emma Lee: $10

• Helen Maclain: $25

• Soph­ie Mans­field: $20

• Mary Jane Marro: $20

• Christine McGow­an: $20

• Roz, Shel, Rand: $25

• In lov­ing memory of Larry, Mi­chael and Patrick: $50

• In memory of Fath­er An­drew A. O’Rourke, C.S.S.P.: $25

• In memory of Sad­ie Frost: $25

• In memory of Walt & Jane Mont­gomery and Mor­ris & Reba Pearl­steine: $50

• In memory of Jeff Mans­field and Lori Di­bello: $100

Total con­tri­bu­tions this week:  $615.00

You can reach at noreply@bsmphilly.com.

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