Donations needed for community fund

The hol­i­day sea­son un­of­fi­cially gets un­der way next week as fam­il­ies sit down for Thanks­giv­ing din­ner.

What will fol­low will be about four weeks of crowded stores as people shop for all kinds of gifts to place un­der the tree on Christ­mas Eve.

Not every­one, though, is able to af­ford gifts for loved ones or a Christ­mas meal. That’s where you come in.

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 present on Christ­mas morn­ing.

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 nu­mer­ous re­quests for help from people.

Among them are a dis­abled Ta­cony wo­man tak­ing care of her four grand­chil­dren; a Far North­east wo­man over­com­ing be­ing a vic­tim of a vi­ol­ent crime and try­ing to pay tu­ition for her two daugh­ters in Cath­ol­ic school; a 90-year-old May­fair man and U.S. Army vet­er­an who doesn’t get around so well any­more; a Port Rich­mond wo­man who eats only toast and drinks hot tea to be able to take care of her grand­son; and a Castor Gar­dens wo­man strug­gling after the loss of her hus­band and job.

Be­sides re­ceiv­ing these heart­break­ing let­ters, we are get­ting gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tions from read­ers to be able to help the less for­tu­nate. 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 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 early con­trib­ut­ors to this year’s fund:

ull; Mary Lou Begley     $10

ull; Jac­quelynn Diaz     $25

ull; An an­onym­ous donor     $40

ull; Jane Lamb­ing     $25

ull; Bella Pringz       $100

ull; In memory of Sissy     $100

ull; Mary Jane Mar­row     $20

ull; In memory of Mar­garet Evans-Tarpini­an       $25

ull; An an­onym­ous donor   $50

ull; In memory of Wal­ter and Jane Mont­gomery and Mor­ris and Reba Pearl­stein       $100

ull; Aman­da Fox     $20

ull; Shar­on Brad­shaw     $25

ull; Steve and Sylvia May­over   $50

ull; Shir­ley Quirus     $25

ull; In memory of Eth­el and the Hard­ings       $25

ull; Janice Kolling     $20

ull; Ox­ford Bever­age     $1,000

ull; Joseph To­maino     $25

ull; Pau­line Broy­aka     $23 ••

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