Christmas fund closes out at over $35,000

Jan 11, 2018 by

Published in the January 11, 2018 edition

By MAUREEN DOHERTY

NORTH READING — A final push of donations totaling $2,500 in the past week has enabled the Transcript to revise the final tally of its annual Christmas fundraiser in support of Christian Community Service (CCS) at $35,385 for 2017.

Among them was a generous $1,000 donation from the McGillivray family, $500 from the Intorcio Family and an anonymous donation of $300.

Also, proceeds from the “Do Something Nice Twice” holiday gift card give back campaign from the Horseshoe Grille, coupled with personal donations from Pat, Kathi and Veronica Lee added $350 to the fund. In addition to providing financial support to the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund, the Lees helped nearly 300 children visiting their restaurant get their letters mailed to Santa at the North Pole using their special mailbox and also had each letter answered by Santa during the Christmas season.

All donors to the 28th annual drive sponsored by the newspaper can be assured that in the coming year local families and individuals facing tough economic times will have their burdens lifted thanks to the assistance confidentially provided to them by the volunteers at CCS, a 501.c.3 non-profit organization which also runs the town’s Food Pantry. Services are provided to clients without regard to religious affiliation, if any.

As a reminder to the community, the CCS Food Pantry is located in Town Hall on the converted stage of the former school’s auditorium/gymnasium. It is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and on the first and third Monday evenings of the month. It serves over 100 clients per month, helping those who need a hand up stretch their household budget. CCS Chairwoman Ellen Wiklanski reminds townspeople that donations to the Food Pantry are needed year-round, not just during the holiday season. CCS is grateful for the various food drives run by countless organizations and individuals throughout the year.

At Monday night’s Selectmen’s meeting, the first held since the board had to concede its loss to the School Committee as a result of the online polling in the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest to benefit the Transcript’s fund drive, Board Chairman Mike Prisco thanked “the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen and the Transcript” for the “spirited” contest.

Prisco added, tongue in cheek, “Obviously, somebody sandbagged it and we lost, which I can’t believe!” Selectman Steve O’Leary was equally astonished. “I can’t believe the day before the closing deadline I think the board was up by over 130 votes and all of sudden there was a quantum leap in voting for the School Committee,” O’Leary said, adding, “I don’t want to take away anything from the School Committee. I’ve said it before, they don’t dress as well as we do.” The contest generated $400 to the fund, $300 from the Selectmen and $100 from the School Committee.

Now that the fund is closed, if a donor did not see his or her donation acknowledged in the newspaper during the past several weeks, please contact us (nrtranscript@rcn.com). We’ll double check our records and consult with CCS and Reading Coop Bank and make any necessary adjustments in the acknowledgements. One such adjustment is a donation of $100 received from George and Carolyn Stack that was missing from a prior week’s story due to a production error. The donation was included in the total raised that week.

2017 NHNF donors, Week 7:

• Sharon and Kevin McGillivray ……………………….……….….$1,000

• Anonymous benefactor ……………………………………………$300

• From the Vontzalides Family ………………………………..….…$100

• The Intorcio Family…………………………………………….….….$500

• Merry Christmas from the North Reading Transcript……….…$250

• Pat, Kathi and Veronica Lee and proceeds from the Horseshoe Grille’s “Do Something Nice Twice” gift card give back promotion……………………………………………………………………………………….$350

Week 7 subtotal…………………………………………………….$2,500

Previously acknowledged …………………………………….$32,885

Final NHNF 2017 total…………………………………..………$35,385

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