Published in the December 25, 2015 edition

MELROSE — Donations to the Melrose Emergency Fund topped $40,000 this week.
“I want to thank all those who have contributed so generously to the Emergency Fund during this holiday season,” said Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “They have helped ensure that many Melrose families will have a warmer, happier holiday and that there will be help for them when the need arises throughout the year.”
The Emergency Fund provides one-time help to Melrose residents experiencing financial emergencies. All donations go directly to aid, with no administrative costs and the fund administrator makes referrals to other local agencies if needed.
Watch for the Emergency Fund holiday special, featuring Mayor Dolan and other City Hall staff, which will be running frequently throughout the month of December on MMTV.
Recent donors to the Emergency Fund include:
• Joseph and Frances DeCristoforo
• Mary Werler and Gary Pzegeo
• William and Christine LeDuc
• Sexton & Donohue
• Lee and Marion Phalen
• Brian and Diane Hogan
• Christine Swenson
• Geroge Proakis and Lisa Loveland
• Bonnie Cronin
• David and Kathleen Lacey
• Helen Cronin
• George and Sioban Haldeman
• Steven and Suzanne Locke
• Mr. and Mrs. Edward Waystack
• Kells Craft Construction
• Rick and Marilyn Dinarello, in memory of Tim Moynihan
• Michael and Susan Morris
• Mary Jane Hardiman
• John and Judith Harris
• Antonio Pani and Karen O’Brien
• Bob and Sara Linnehan
• Linda Matarazzo
• Bruce and Lois Mackey
• Carol Bryant
• Michael Cassavoy
• Eleanor and Marco Marchi
• Ron Alley, in memory of John Cinella
• The Woolf Family
• James Botto and Rosemary Connors-Botto
• Shelley and Stephen Finley
• Sandra Henry, in honor of Vanessa Roman
• Maurine Garipay, in memory of Peter Garipay
• Lisa and Albert Howitt
• Marty and Eileen Stanton
• John and Laura De Cecca, in memory of Dina De Cecca
• Michele Ford Guihan
• Melrose Public Library Staff Association
• Joseph and Doreen Cincotta
• Neil and Karla Rosie
• A. David Metell
• Elaine and Jeffrey Bemis
• Mary Edwards
• The Shinkwin Family
• Christine and Kenneth McCormack
• Russell Priestley
• Kathleen and Robert Rotondi
• Erin Tighe Morgan and Sheila Tighe
• Melrose Rotary Club
• Andrew and Susan Valente
• Michael Margolis and Mary Beth McAteer Margolis
• Mary Ellen McNamara and Vin Romano
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.