The Melrose High School boys' and girls' cross country teams recently donated several thousand dollars to the city's Emergency Fund, according to a city press statement.
Coach Kevin Allison explained that the team raises money on their longest run of the year by asking people to sponsor them for each mile run, reads the statement. "Collectively, the team runs 500-700 miles," he said in the statement.
"I am very impressed by the spirit and the generosity of our Cross Country team, under the leadership of Coach Allison," said Mayor Rob Dolan in the statement. "They are truly a remarkable group of student-athletes, and I am impressed that with all the pressures of school, practice, and work, they are taking time to think of their neighbors in need."
The Emergency Fund provides one-time help to Melrose residents experiencing financial emergencies and in need of food, fuel and utilities, according to the statement.
According to the statement, recent donors to the Emergency Fund include:
• Kappa Delta Psi
• Robert G. Hughes
• Bart and Eleanor Galvin
• Hannah Greene
• The Konicek Family
• Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ahern
• Linda Matarazzo
• Gail Infurna
• Marita Crowley
• Mary Doherty
• Joan Leighton
• Leonie Fagan and Jean Bell
• Gerald and Kathleen Nolan
• Paul and Marie Bruce
• George Hickey
• Cynthia and Michael Hickey, in memory of Kevin Keohane
• Lisa and Albert Howitt
• Barbara and Paul Leedham
• Charlene and Joe Stentiford
• Melrose High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Team
• The Ruzzo Family
• Melrose Oriental Rug Co., Inc.
• Tara and Andrew McNeilly
To make a donation, make checks payable to the City of Melrose, with “Melrose Emergency Fund” in the memo line and mail to the Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor’s Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176 or drop it off at the Mayor’s Office on the second floor of City Hall.
For more information, call 781-979-4440.