Requests keep rolling in, so do the checks

Even though the tem­per­at­ure was in the 70s over the week­end, I pulled out my re­cipe box and began think­ing about what to serve my fam­ily on Thanks­giv­ing Day.

Each year, we have the old fa­vor­ites and then I try to add a new dish to the menu. It’s hard for me to be­lieve that Thanks­giv­ing will soon be here, and you know what that means —  Christ­mas is com­ing up right be­hind.

For 57 years, the good people of North­east Phil­adelphia have been look­ing out for their neigh­bors at Christ­mas, mak­ing sure that those who are less for­tu­nate have a full hol­i­day din­ner and each child has at least one gift un­der the tree.

The North­east Times’ Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund does a great job of match­ing those who could use help  at Christ­mas time with neigh­bors who have a few ex­tra dol­lars to spare.

So far this year, the news­pa­per has  re­ceived re­quests for help from 67 people. Among them are a dad who has lost his job, a single mom who is strug­gling to put food on the table and a fam­ily with a child with such a ser­i­ous med­ic­al con­di­tion that just about everything goes to pay the med­ic­al bills.

The daily mail­bag is also bring­ing us good news — checks from gen­er­ous read­ers who are reach­ing out to help. Wheth­er large or small, each dona­tion is grate­fully ac­cep­ted on be­half of those who will re­ceive gift cards from the com­munity fund as a res­ult.

We will print donors’ names and the amounts in the pa­per, or we will hon­or re­quests to re­main an­onym­ous.

Last week, I cheered when I heard that Ox­ford Bever­age had sent in a  check for $1,000. That is by far the check with the biggest num­ber of zer­oes we’ve re­ceived so far. And I was told that this isn’t the first year this com­pany has helped out in such a big way. To me, that’s the very defin­i­tion of be­ing a good neigh­bor, and for that we are grate­ful. 

If you’d like to join the ranks of donors, or if you’d like to make a re­quest for help, the ad­dress is the same. Write to us at:

  Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund

  2512 Met­ro­pol­it­an Drive

  Tre­vose, PA. 19053

Or you can reach me by the email or the phone num­ber lis­ted be­low.

If you are ask­ing for help for your­self or if you know of someone who needs as­sist­ance, we need you to in­clude the name and con­tact num­ber of an agency or friend who can veri­fy the in­form­a­tion.

We are com­mited to help­ing as many people in need this hol­i­day sea­son as we can. I hope you will help us make this the most suc­cess­ful year to date. •• 


• Shar­on Brad­shaw: $25

• Bruce (Frank­ford): $3

• Elaine Gen­tile: $50

• Jef­frey George: $20

• Jane Lamb­ing: $20

• Soph­ie Mans­field: $15

• Helen Maclain: $25

• Linda Mount: $25

• Of­ficers and mem­bers of Mys­tic Lodge #270, I.O.O.F.: $150

• Ox­ford Bever­age: $1,000

• Shir­ley Quirus: $25

• Joseph To­maino: $25

• Ima­gine: $20

• An­onym­ous: $15

• An­onym­ous: $25

• In memory of the late Rev. An­drew O’Rourke, C.S. Sp.: $25

Reach Lil­lian Swan­son at 215-354-3030 or lswan­

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