Smith family's generosity is a Santa Fund tradition
Like a Christmas card from an old friend, a donation from Gilford arrived last week, and once again Robert Smith did not disappoint. A $5,000 contribution from the retiree and his family helped push the 2013 Santa Fund total over $197,000.
"With the economy still hard-pressed, Santa Fund overall donations were down a bit from last year, so the Smiths' continued generosity leaves us speechless, and very happy," McQuaid said.
"We used to give more, but a few years ago we cut it back to $5,000," said Smith. "We are still in a position to donate, and we'll continue to give as long as we are able to do so."
This year's fundraising total also benefited from sales of more than 300 copies of "The Christmas Coin," a children's book written by New Hampshire Union Leader staff writer Mark Hayward, featuring illustrations by children from the Salvation Army's youth programs.
How to donate
Santa Fund donations can be made by completing the online form by clicking "Donate" below or send a check to:
THE SANTA FUND
You can also drop off the printed form in our newspaper and a donation in the Santa Fund box at the Union Leader, 100 William Loeb Drive in Manchester from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will also have a donation drop box at the Intown Manchester Holiday Market on Thursday, November 29 and every Thursday in December.
Share a holiday greeting
With your donation, the Union Leader will publish a short holiday message in the newspaper. Just write it up exactly as you would have it appear, printing clearly, and mail it along with your donation. If you prefer to donate online, follow the link on the page following the transaction to submit a Christmas message.
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