Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, and Christmas isn’t too far behind.
For 58 years, Northeast residents have been taking care of their own by contributing to a fund established by the Times to make sure families have a holiday dinner and children have a gift under the Christmas tree.
The Eleanor Smylie Community Fund matches those who could use help at Christmas time with neighbors who have a few extra dollars to spare.
Already this year, the newspaper has received requests for help from people. Among them are a Wissinoming woman who wants to provide for her children, but suffered a fall at home and is on the mend; a Tacony woman who is raising her two granddaughters; a Rockledge woman who is raising her three teenage grandchildren after the death or their dad; a disabled Castor Gardens woman who is caring for her grandson; and a Frankford family struggling to pay for some unexpected and costly home repairs.
At the same time, we are buoyed when we receive checks from generous readers reaching out to help. We gratefully accept each donation, small or large. The money goes toward gift cards for the needy.
The Times will print your name and donation in the paper, or we will honor your request to remain anonymous. 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 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Here are a few of the early contributors to this year’s fund:
ull; Joann C. Hutton $10
ull; James Albert $20
ull; In memory of Robert L. Gill Jr. $40 ••