Donations are needed for Smylie Community Fund

Thanks­giv­ing is over, and the Christ­mas shop­ping sea­son is in full gear.

Three weeks from now, Santa Claus will be com­ing to town to de­liv­er toys to the good little boys and girls of the North­east. Sadly, some kids won’t be get­ting any gifts this Christ­mas, and it’s not be­cause they’ve been naughty. In­stead, they are nice little kids whose fam­il­ies hap­pen to be strug­gling right now.

Thank­fully, these needy fam­il­ies have been able to count on the kind­ness of North­east res­id­ents for the last 58 years.

The Times co­ordin­ates the Elean­or Smylie Com­munity Fund to match those who could use help at Christ­mas with neigh­bors who have some ex­tra money to spare.

As of early Decem­ber, the news­pa­per has re­ceived dozens of re­quests for help from people. Among them are a Ta­cony wo­man who houses her two adult chil­dren and three grand­chil­dren; a Fishtown wo­man who cares for her two sons and sick moth­er, but just had her hours cut at work; a wo­man who wor­ries about how her daugh­ter can raise her two chil­dren in their Tor­res­dale home with lim­ited in­come; a May­fair mom strug­gling to provide for her two teen­age chil­dren; and a poor Mor­rell Park couple who need to feed their two kids, one of whom has aut­ism.

Be­sides these heart-tug­ging let­ters, we are get­ting con­tri­bu­tions from read­ers who want to help the needy. We grate­fully ac­cept each dona­tion, small or large. All of the money goes dir­ectly to­ward gift cards for the less for­tu­nate.

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

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

• Frances Pet­rella     $10

• Susan Mon­troy     $10

• Ruth Kur­tz       $25

• An an­onym­ous donor   $50

• An an­onym­ous donor   $50

• Trust­ees Mys­tic Lodge #270   $150

• Mari­anne Miller     $25

• The Youngs       $25

• In memory of Thomas Wiser   $25

• In memory of Jonath­an and John McGow­an      $25

• Soph­ie Mans­field     $20

• Al­ex­an­der and Lor­raine Kolibabek   $25

• In memory of Bob Gamble   $50

• Robert Bren­nan     $25

• In memory of Bri­an Colalongo $25

• An­thony and Kath­leen Per­petua $50

• In memory of Al­fred Holm   $25

• An an­onym­ous donor   $20 ••

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