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Help available for needy in the Northeast

The 73rd annual Eleanor Smylie Community Fund drive is hoping to collect more money and find needy people to assist at Christmas, which is less than 10 days away.

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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.

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

Recently, we heard from an ailing Bustleton man struggling to provide for his wife and two children and a Somerton woman with a variety of health issues.

We are asking our readers to 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, 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.

Here are some early donors:

• In memory of Joan and Jack McGowan $100

• Walter and Virginia Rininsland $25

• Edward and Lucille Zolynski $25

• In memory of Vince and Nellie Salandra $125

• Anonymous $25

• Home Public Adjusters $200

• Staib family $100

• Joseph and Donna Tomaselli $25

• Jeff and Karen George $30

• In memory of Lance Robinson $15

• In memory of Dutchy “Mom” K. $25

• Anonymous $50 ••

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