Let’s help the needy in the Northeast

The 73rd annual Eleanor Smylie Community Fund drive is underway.

While Christmas is a few weeks away, Hanukkah has begun and runs through Dec. 6.

For more than seven decades, Times readers have contributed to the fund, helping their neighbors provide holiday dinners and gifts for their children. The fund is named in memory of the Times’ late chairwoman and matriarch of the family that owned the newspaper for 65 years.

Many Northeast residents are facing a challenging time financially, especially with sky-high inflation.

We have already heard from people in need. A Holmesburg woman wants to provide a nice holiday for her five grandsons, who live with her. And a disabled Tacony senior citizen has little money for the holidays after paying all her bills.

All money collected will be used to buy gift cards for struggling individuals and families.

We are asking our readers to once again come through for their neighbors. 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 take a few minutes to write a letter. The address is:

Eleanor Smylie Community Fund

130 Twinbridge Drive

Pennsauken, NJ 08110

Include a name and contact information for an agency or person for verification.

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. ••