Donations sought to help local families in need

We hope all of our readers who celebrate Hanukkah had an enjoyable holiday.

We’re less than two weeks before Christmas, and the 70th annual Eleanor Smylie Community Fund is here to help local families.

We are hearing from lots of people needing help. A Holmesburg widow/senior citizen is alone in supporting her 14-year-old grandson. A 96-year-old Mayfair man who served in World War II has lost all his family and friends. A Tacony woman caring for her two grandchilden and elderly mother simply wants a turkey for Christmas dinner.

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:

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 donors.

• Mary and Ferdinand Toriello $10

• Linda M. Reichert $15

• In Memory of Yetta and Julius Cooper $25

• James Albert $20

• Anonymous $200

• Anonymous $50

• In Memory of Vince and Nellie Salandra $50

• In Memory of Betty Graff $25

• In Memory of Mrs. Joan Rice $25

• In Memory of Jonathan S. McGowan $25

• Trustees Mystic Lodge 270 $250

• In Memory of Marlene Nucero $100

• In Memory of Mary “Dutchy” Krauss $15

• In Memory of Lance Robinson $10

• Adrienne and Robert Saddington $25

• Mary and William Breuer $25

• Bonnie and Bill Hughes $100

• Carmella McAuley $5

• In Memory of Raymond Dooley $50

• Anonymous $500

• Oxford Beverage $1,000

• Robert Pettit $50

• In Memory of George and Helen Schweizer $50

• In Memory of Debbie Poserina $200

• In Memory of Albert and Emily (Marsden Street) $80