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Donations sought to help families in need during holiday season


Thanksgiving just past, and the start of the Christmas shopping season on Black Friday brought out big crowds.

The 70th annual Eleanor Smylie Community Fund is here to help local families during the holiday season, which includes the start of Hanukkah on Monday.

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We have already heard from people needing help. A Parkwood mother of three is struggling after losing her job. A West Torresdale woman wants to provide for her infant twin girls. A Normandy mother of four hopes to have a nice holiday meal for her four children, one of whom is a Marine.

Through the years, our readers have made donations to help thousands of their neighbors.

All money collected is used to buy gift cards to provide holiday dinners and children’s gifts to Northeast families struggling to make ends meet.

We’ll publish your name in a list of donors. If you prefer to donate anonymously, we will honor that request. 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 news@northeasttimes.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.

• Anonymous $50

• Walter and Virginia Rininsland $25

• Edwin F. Lutz Jr. $2

• Kathleen Ziolkowski $25

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