Once again, the community has come through to help neighbors who are struggling during the holiday season.
Local people, businesses and organizations have given $14,241 so far this holiday season to The Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund. In the last week alone, donations have totaled $3,226.40.
Local organizations such as the Salvation Army and Community Action give out the money to needy families in the community.
The 43rd annual Haverhill Gazette Santa Fund Hole-in-One Contest in October at Garrison Golf Center set the pace for donations, raising $5,232 — 25 percent more than the total from last year’s contest. Garrison owners Ted and Mary Murphy encouraged residents to follow the contest’s lead and donate to the fund, and the people of Haverhill responded.
Since the contest, donations have been coming to the Gazette and adding up each week toward this year’s goal of $15,000. The Gazette and people who benefit from the giving sincerely thank all those who donated.
Although Christmas has passed, donations are still being accepted.
You can give to the fund simply by hitting a few keys on your computer. The Gazette has an online site where people can make donations. Just use the link hgazette.com/santafund and the instructions will appear.
You can also donate by mailing a check to the Gazette Santa Fund, care of The Eagle-Tribune, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, MA 01845, or by dropping off a donation at The Eagle-Tribune offices at that address. Donors are welcome to list the name of a person in whose memory they are giving money.