Donations needed for community fund

Many North­east fam­il­ies will be gath­er­ing around the din­ing-room table for a big Thanks­giv­ing din­ner on Thursday while oth­ers will be eat­ing a tur­key meal at a loc­al res­taur­ant.

For oth­ers, though, the cel­eb­ra­tion will be a lot more mod­est.

And while some are gear­ing up for Black Fri­day and Cy­ber Monday shop­ping, too many won’t be able to buy any Christ­mas gifts for loved ones or provide a meal for their fam­il­ies.

Thank­fully, these folks 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 time with neigh­bors who have some ex­tra dol­lars to spare. Already this Novem­ber, the news­pa­per has re­ceived dozens of re­quests for help from people.

Among them are a Ta­cony wo­man hous­ing her daugh­ter and three grandkids after a mar­it­al sep­ar­a­tion; a long­time Wissi­nom­ing res­id­ent who is caring for her 4-year-old son and ail­ing 73-year-old mom; a dis­abled Frank­ford wo­man strug­gling to feed her kids; a Rhawn­hurst man wor­ried about provid­ing food and winter clothes for his 4-month-old child; and a West May­fair wo­man who wrote on be­half of a needy neigh­bor rais­ing two teen­age girls.

In ad­di­tion to these heart-tug­ging let­ters, we are get­ting con­tri­bu­tions from read­ers who are will­ing and able 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.

The Times will print the name and dona­tion 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 early con­trib­ut­ors to this year’s fund:

ull; An an­onym­ous donor   $50

ull; An an­onym­ous donor   $50

ull; In memory of Wal­ter “Buck” Har­ris   $20

ull; Mi­chael Fesnak     $25

ull; Wal­ter Rinins­land     $25

ull; An an­onym­ous donor   $1,000

ull; Jef­frey George      $10

ull; In memory of Sparky- 17 years   $10

ull; Loc­al Ross Aux­il­i­ary to the SUVCW    $50

ull; In memory of Fath­er An­drew O’Rourke, CSSP   $25

ull; Roz and Rand Feld­man   $25

ull; In memory of John W. McGow­an Sr.  $100

ull; Staff and Night Man­agers of Glor­ia Dei Es­tates   $105

ull; Ar­tur Re­alty $500

ull; Helen V. Maclain     $25

ull; An an­onym­ous donor   $50

ull; H. Mary Bruda     $72 ••

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