Donations to the Melrose Emergency Fund have already reached over $10,000 this holiday season, according to a city press statement.
“Every year I am amazed and touched by the generosity of our residents,” said Mayor Rob Dolan in the statement. “Even in these uncertain fiscal times, the people of Melrose are willing to reach out to help their neighbors. This is the true holiday spirit.”
In the past three years, the fund has helped more than 400 Melrose families with everything from a supermarket gift card at the holidays to help them get back on their feet after a major event such as an illness or a house fire, according to the statement.
“We want to ensure that no one in Melrose goes cold or hungry this winter,” Dolan said in the statement. “With your help, I believe we can accomplish that goal.”
The purpose of the fund is to provide one-time help to Melrose residents experiencing financial emergencies, reads the statement. All of the donations made to the fund go directly to aid, as there are no administrative costs and the fund administrator makes referrals to other local agencies if needed, according to the statement.
There will be an Emergency Fund holiday special, featuring Mayor Dolan and other City Hall staff, which will be running frequently throughout the month of December on MMTV, according to the statement.
Here's a look at recent donors to the Emergency Fund include:
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ahern
George and Sioban Haldeman
Jan and Lou Crafts
Walter and Ellen Coffin
Ronald Alley, Williams and Alley Insurance
Jon and Claire Scarborough
Priscilla Chick and Priscilla Eustis
Robert and Janice Tribble
Russell T. Priestley
Gladys Latshaw and Christine Pearse
Bruce and Lois Mackey
Mary A. Doherty
Mary C. Burchill
Esther and Edward Murphy
Hannah and David Greene
Virginia L. Shanahan
Catherine M. Doig
Mary E. Considine
Theodore and Claudia Burnham
Gary and Diane Chadwell
Mary E. Hanlon
Margaret Zirker and Scott Warmkessel
Susan and Edward Hollingshead
Ellen M. Crocker
Jerry and Barbara Kerrigan
Helen Woods and Peter May
Kim Talbot, in honor of the staff of the Melrose Public Schools Foreign Language Department
Robert and Maryann Sullivan
Karen and Lawrence Capuano
Michael Mahon, in memory of Edward and Alice Mahon
Richard and Ann Spataro
To make a donation, send a check to Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176 or bring it directly to the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall. Checks should be made out to the City of Melrose, with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line. For more information about the fund, call 781-979-4440.