Melrose Emergency Fund tops $8,300

Dec 3, 2015 by

Published in the December 4, 2015 edition

MELROSE — Donations to the Melrose Emergency Fund have already topped $8,300 this holiday season thanks to generous large and small donations from Melrose residents and groups, including the Kappa Delta Psi sorority and the Melrose Boot Camp.

“The Emergency Fund is a way for everyone in Melrose to reach out to help their neighbors,” said Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “We have had some extraordinary situations this past year, and I was happy that the fund was there to help people when they needed it. We can’t solve every problem, but we can help make people’s burdens lighter.”

Most of the Emergency Fund assistance goes to basics such as food and heat. “We want to ensure that no one in Melrose goes cold or hungry this winter,” Dolan said, adding, “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. Most of the funds are directed to the basic needs of the recipients —food, fuel and utilities.

Most importantly, every penny of every donation goes directly to aid, with no administrative costs, and the fund administrator makes referrals to other local agencies when needed.

SPREADING JOY. The Melrose Emergency Fund has already topped $8,300 this holiday season thanks to the generosity of benefactors like Joy Fay of Melrose Boot Camp who present a donation recently to Mayor Rob Dolan. From left: Karen Gabler, Joy Fay, Mayor Dolan and Vanessa Roman. Gabler and Roman are Boot Camp instructors.

SPREADING JOY. The Melrose Emergency Fund has already topped $8,300 this holiday season thanks to the generosity of benefactors like Joy Fay of Melrose Boot Camp who present a donation recently to Mayor Rob Dolan. From left: Karen Gabler, Joy Fay, Mayor Dolan and Vanessa Roman. Gabler and Roman are Boot Camp instructors.

Recent donors to the Emergency Fund include:

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ahern

Marianne and Brian Long

Kappa Delta Psi

Matthew Jones and Judith Rosenbaum

Melrose Emblem Club No. 89

Jim Keane and Tanis Houseman

Robinson Funeral Home

Michael and Erin Zwirko

Nancy J. Strickland

Joanne and Anthony Santagate

Timothy and Renee Donnelly

Janice Walsh

Susan Rhodes Sorrenti

Melrose Boot Camp

Joan Leighton

Bernadette M. Kennedy

Craig and Sara Brandon

Rachael Hayward and Margaret Hayward Wolley

Dennis and Janet Farrell

Steve Trulli/Whittemore Hardware

Robert and Maryann Sullivan

Theodore and Jane Bond

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.

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