Help for the holidays for 173 families and counting

So far this hol­i­day sea­son, the North­east Times’ Elean­or Smylie Fund has col­lec­ted $9,058 from read­ers who have donated to their neigh­bors in need.

With this money, we have been able to send $50 gift cards to 173 fam­il­ies and three so­cial ser­vice or­gan­iz­a­tions who work with fam­il­ies that are hav­ing a tough eco­nom­ic time.

The cards are in­ten­ded to be used to buy food for a nice Christ­mas din­ner and toys for chil­dren. Many of those who have sent in dona­tions have said they wantd to be sure that each child has a gift wait­ing for them on Christ­mas morn­ing.

The need this year seems to be lar­ger in years past. We’ve heard from many people who are hav­ing trouble find­ing a job. Oth­ers tell us of med­ic­al bills that have thrown their fam­il­ies for a loop. We will hon­or as many re­quests as we can.

Our thanks go out to all those who have sent in dona­tions, and our pray­ers to go out to those who find them­selves strug­gling to make ends meet. We wish a happy hol­i­day to all.  ••

North­east Times’ Elean­or Smylie Fund Donors

To help loc­al needy fam­il­ies buy food and toys at Christ­mas time, mail your dona­tion to the Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund, 2512 Met­ro­pol­it­an Drive, Tre­vose, PA 19053.

This week’s donors are:

• Di­mitra Ant­ono­poulos: $10

• Ral­ph Blu­men­field, Jr.: $25

• Home Pub­lic Ad­justers, Inc.: $300

• Gregory Huber: $20

• Donna No­lan: $25

• Penns­bury School Dis­trict Payroll De­part­ment em­ploy­ees Di­ane, Debbie and Patrice: $85

In re­mem­brance

• Mar­garet Pick­els: $25

• In lov­ing memory of Ricky Ka­jkowski: $500

• In memory of Reba and Mor­ris Pearl­stein and Jane and Wal­ter Mont­gomery: $100

Giv­en an­onym­ously

• An­onym­ous: $5

• An­onym­ous: $25

• An­onym­ous: $60

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