NORTH READING — For the 34th consecutive year, the North Reading Transcript is renewing its commitment to its Christmas appeal known as the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund (NHNF) to support the year-round good works of Christian Community Service (CCS) of North Reading.

As in years’ past, 100 percent of all donations collected by the NHNF are provided to CCS, the all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which operates the North Reading Food Pantry and also provides emergency financial support to individuals and families in town.

Additionally, CCS provides Christmas gifts and warm winter clothing to local children, ensures that hot meals are delivered to shut-ins on Thanksgiving, offers gently used clothing to clients of all ages year-round, and provides back-to-school supplies in backpacks to local school-age children. CCS is an all-around one-stop resource that helps individuals and families get back on their feet or stay afloat during financial hardships.

CCS is able to provide these services due to the continuous generosity of the residents and business community in this town.

All services provided by CCS are offered on the basis of financial need, not religious affiliation, in any. Requests for assistance are held in the strictest confidence.

How to donate

The Transcript will acknowledge each donation received in print and pass all donations to CCS. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law, as CCS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations of $250 or more automatically receive a receipt in the mail. Upon request, a receipt will be sent to those giving less than $250. The donor must provide a valid name and address for the receipt to be mailed.

If you wish to remain anonymous please indicate that fact in the memo area of your check.

You may also make donations in honor of or in memory of friends or loved ones.

Remember to make all checks payable to “CCS,” not the newspaper!

Checks may be mailed to: North Reading Transcript “NHNF,” 26 Albion St., Wakefield MA 01880. You may also drop them off in person to our office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon-Thu or 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Fridays, or use the night drop box slot opposite the door facing Albion Street after hours.

Checks may also be dropped off in person to the Reading Coop Bank, 170 Park St. (next to Ryer’s). You must specify to the bank teller your intention to make a donation to the Transcript’s NHNF to ensure it is recorded on the daily tally sheet that is sent to us to acknowledge in the newspaper.

And be sure to stop by the lobby of the North Reading Post Office at 174 Park St. to visit the Take-a-Tag Christmas tree and help make the Christmas wish of a local child served by CCS come true on Christmas morning!