Published December 13, 2019

MELROSE — Donations have begun to arrive in the Mayor’s Office for the Melrose Emergency Fund’s holiday fundraiser. At press time, they amounted to over $5,000.

“I am amazed and touched by the generosity of the people of Melrose,” said Mayor Paul Brodeur. “The Emergency Fund is unique, and it’s part of what makes Melrose special. Melrose may be a small city, but it has a big heart.”

The purpose of the Emergency Fund is to provide one-time help to Melrose residents experiencing financial emergencies. Most of the help the fund provides is basic needs—food, fuel, and utilities. The fund depends entirely on donations from the public, and every penny goes to direct aid to Melrose residents. There is no overhead, because city staff administer the fund as part of their regular duties. All applications are confidential.

Recent donors to the Emergency Fund include:

• Melrose Over 30 Baseball

• Robert and Maryann Sullivan

• William and Mary Hanlon

• Melrose High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams

• Eleanor and Marco Marchi

• Barbara and Paul Leedham

• Robert and Susan Walsh

• Michael Bibilos

• Janice Walsh

• John Gibbons

• David and Jennifer McAndrew

• Joan Leighton, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dahnke, Ms. Patricia Gallitto, and Mr. and Mrs. John Snodgrass

• Sean Sweeney and Valerie Hays

• Sean and Sioban Haldeman

• Tom McCarthy

• The Family of Patrick Ruzzo

• Deanne and Judy Hasselbrack

• Susan and Edward Hollingshead

• Anne and Thayer Fremont-Smith

• Jack Eccles

• John Gilgunn

• Martin and Mary Robichaud

• Ronald and Dianne Cheney

• Susan and John Nadworney

• Francis and Marguerite Squatrito

• Thomas and Eileen Torpey

• Gail Infurna

• Gail E. Berg

• Vin Romano and Mary Ellen McNamara

• Kathleen and Robert Rotondi

• Rosemary A. Connors-Botto and James V. Botto

• George and Sally Stubbs

• Donald and Laura McCracken

• The Woolf Family

• Linda Fennell

• Barbara Perry

• Mary Werler

• Carol and Kevin Ferguson

• Ronald and Deborah Harding

• John and Carol Brandano

• John Calabro and Agusta Agustsson

• Robert Hughes

• David and Maureen Kourtz

• Henry and Maura Bagley

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.