Community fund seeks donations to help Northeast families in need

The Times’ 68th annual Eleanor Smylie Community Fund will help local families during the Christmas season.

Each year, the Times asks its readers to contribute to the fund. All money collected is used to buy gift cards to provide holiday dinners and/or gifts to those who are struggling to make ends meet.

Each donation will make a difference, regardless of the amount.

The Times will publish your name in a list of donors. If you prefer to donate anonymously, we will honor that request.

Gift cards to local supermarkets will be mailed to individuals and social service organizations that help the less fortunate.

Among those we’ve heard from is a Holmesburg woman asking for help for her two daughters, who are single moms; and a Frankford mother of three who worries that after paying rent and bills, she won’t have anything left to give her kids a nice Christmas.

If you would like to request help, or if you know of someone who could use assistance during the holidays, please write a letter. The address is:

Eleanor Smylie Community Fund

2 Executive Campus

Suite 400

Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Include a name and contact information for an agency or person for verification. Requests can also be sent to pronews@bsmphilly.com

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.

Thank you for your consideration.

Below is a list of some of our early donors.

Parkwood Civic Association $100

In memory of Margaret Evans-Tarpinian $50

Walter and Virginia Rininsland $25

Mary Jane Marro $25

James Albert $20

Anonymous $50

Trustees Mystic Lodge #270 $200

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Mayover $50

Rosemarie Pruette $30

In memory of George and Dixie Schweizer $50

Jane T. Lambing $25

Philip and Jacquelynn Diaz $50

Anonymous $25

Anonymous $25

Ronald and Mary Lou Begley $10

Anonymous $20 ••