It’s a Northeast tradition 58 years in the making.
And with the holidays approaching, it’s time, once again, to ask for the community’s help in donating to those less fortunate.
The Northeast Times’ Eleanor Smylie Community Fund is a charitable effort that originated in 1955 and has since helped thousands of local families during the holiday season. The Smylie Fund matches families in need with community members who can help. All money collected is used to buy gift cards and provide holiday dinners to those who are struggling to make ends meet.
To those who have been fortunate, please donate to help others who may not have been so prosperous. Each donation will make a difference and will help provide a holiday meal and ensure each child will have at least one present under the tree.
The Northeast Times will accept any donation amount — large or small — and will publish your name in the list of donors in the newspaper. If you prefer to donate anonymously, we can honor that request as well.
The Northeast Times’ Eleanor Smylie Community Fund is a local outreach effort and an opportunity to help your neighbor down the street or a few blocks away. The newspaper absorbs all administrative costs, so every penny donated goes directly to those in need.
In 2012, the community fund was able to help 212 families and four social service organizations. We hope to do even better this year.
If you would like to request help, or if you know of someone who could use assistance during the holidays, please take a few minutes to write a letter. The address is:
Eleanor Smylie Community Fund
2512 Metropolitan Drive
Trevose, PA 19053
Tell us your story, and be sure to include a name and contact information for an agency or person for verification. Requests can also be sent through email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Everything about the process will remain anonymous.
If you are able to donate, please send a check to the Eleanor Smylie Community Fund at the address above. Any amount will help.
This is an opportunity to help the community we all love so dearly. It’s a way for the people of Northeast Philadelphia to make a real difference and aid our neighbors in need. ••