NORTH READING — Even though the economy is said to be improving six years after the Great Recession of 2008, there remains a need in the community for the services of a local, non–profit organization dedicated to helping local townspeople with goods, services and emergency help throughout the year.

North Reading is fortunate to have such and organization in the Christian Community Service and, for the 25th consecutive year, the North Reading Transcript is proud to renew our annual appeal for donations to the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund to aid needy families right here in North Reading, not just during the holiday season but throughout the year.

The Christian Community Service is a volunteer organization made up of members of all the town’s churches. The CCS runs the North Reading Food Pantry located in town hall that remains a much needed supplement for many of our fellow residents. The need for CCS services remains very high again this year and seems to be here to stay.

The Transcript’s annual appeal for donations to has become an important part of CCS efforts to benefit needy families in North Reading 12 months a year. Last year, the readers of this newspaper donated an incredibly generous $37,000 to the Neighbor Fund. All of that money stayed in the community to help our needy friends and neighbors and all of it is administered by the CCS.

The CCS is a non–denominational, non–profit organization. Donations are tax deductible and a tax receipt will be furnished to anyone who requests one. Receipts are automatically mailed for donations of $250 or more.

Donations accepted at Reading Co–operative Bank

All donations will be acknowledged weekly in the Transcript. Donations may be mailed to the Transcript at P.O. Box 7, North Reading MA 01864. For those who prefer to drop off a donation in person, checks may be dropped off at the Reading Co–operative Bank, 170 Park St., North Reading.

Checks should be make payable to the Christian Community Service or “CCS,” not the newspaper.

Help make the 2014 Neighbor Fund Drive the most successful ever.