Donations sought to help families in need during holiday season


We’re in December, a couple of days into Hanukkah and less than three weeks before Christmas.

The 70th annual Eleanor Smylie Community Fund is here to help local families during the holiday season.

We are hearing from people needing help. A Frankford retiree, who is a recent widow, is raising her three grandchildren. A Rhawnhurst couple out on disability has little left after paying their bills. A Lawncrest senior citizen is hoping to provide for her daughter and two grandchildren.

In the last seven decades, Times 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 to the following address:

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

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 donors.

• Anonymous $25

• West Family $40

• Anonymous $10

• Home Public Adjusters Inc. $200

• Daniel Schulke $25

• In Memory of Margaret Evans Tarpinian $25

• In Memory of William and Marie Quinn $25

• In Memory of John and Elizabeth Eberle $25

• In Memory of Susan Eberle Proud $25

• In Memory of Robert L. Gill Jr. $30

• Dr. Ruth K. Horwitz $25

• Jeffrey George $100

• Ronald and Mary Lou Begley $10

• Jacquelynn and Philip Diaz $50