Community fund puts hope in the holidays

It’s just two weeks un­til Christ­mas, and fam­il­ies are mak­ing plans for big din­ner cel­eb­ra­tions. Kids can’t wait to find out what Santa Claus will leave un­der their trees.

For some fam­il­ies, there won’t be much of a feast on Dec. 25. And some kids will get little to noth­ing un­der their trees, if they can even af­ford a tree.

Yet, there is hope.

For the last 58 years, needy fam­il­ies have been able to count on the kind­ness of fel­low North­east res­id­ents. The Times co­ordin­ates the Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund, which iden­ti­fies those in need and re­lies on the middle-class folks of the North­east to send in dona­tions to help them have a merry Christ­mas.

At the start of the week, the Times had re­ceived dozens of re­quests for help from people.

Among them are a dis­abled Port Rich­mond wo­man caring for her son; an eld­erly Mor­rell Park couple sup­port­ing their daugh­ter and three grand­chil­dren in Cath­ol­ic schools; a dis­abled Holmes­burg man rais­ing his two sons; a Wissi­nom­ing fath­er of two who can find only part-time work; a wo­man con­cerned about a co-work­er, a Ta­cony moth­er strug­gling to provide for her three chil­dren; and a Port Rich­mond fath­er un­able to work be­cause of ser­i­ous med­ic­al is­sues.

Also ar­riv­ing in the mail are many con­tri­bu­tions from read­ers who want to help the needy. We grate­fully ac­cept each dona­tion, no mat­ter how big or small. All of the money goes dir­ectly to­ward gift cards for the less for­tu­nate. These gift cards will be mailed, start­ing this week.

For those who donate, the Times will print the name and con­tri­bu­tion of each per­son or group in the pa­per, or we will hon­or your re­quest to re­main an­onym­ous.

If you’d like to donate, or if you’d like to make a re­quest for help, write to Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund, 2512 Met­ro­pol­it­an Drive, Tre­vose, PA 19053. Or, you can email

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

Here are some of the con­trib­ut­ors to this year’s fund:

• In memory of Frank & Elva Kister   $50

• In hon­or of Alex Kister                    $20 

• An an­onym­ous donor                      $21

• Ant­on and Nancy Jereb                   $25 

• An an­onym­ous donor                      $25

• Richard Huber                                 $25 

• An an­onym­ous donor                       $3

• An an­onym­ous donor                       $5 

• In memory of Edna Lucze­jko           $50

• In memory of Bill                             $50

• In memory of Mary E. McKay         $50          

• In memory of Mikey and  Stef­fie Der­en      $100 

• An an­onym­ous donor                     $25

• In memory of EWL                          $50

• An an­onym­ous donor                       $5 

• The Stech­er Fam­ily                          $50

• Bach­mann/All Saints Rhawn­hurst  $25       

• An an­onym­ous donor                     $50

• Soph­ie Snyder                                 $25

• Home Pub­lic Ad­justers Inc.           $200

• An an­onym­ous donor                     $25 

• An an­onym­ous donor                   $500

• Far North­east Seni­or Cit­izens Inc.   $50

• Jean Kolb                                         $25

• Louis Far­rell School’s 7th grade    $202 

• In memory of  Elaine Cole and  Peter Slusser   $25 ull;•

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