The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee has just completed 43 years of helping our Neighbors In Need. The committee had a another busy and challenging year in 2012 due to the poor economy and the high unemployment but we were able to take care of 37 residents in Pelham throughout the year for their household expenses including rent, heat, electricity and food amounting to $26,120 and during the Christmas season, we provided toys, clothing and food to 26 families including 61 children. We had a lot of help along the way including the Post Office where we coordinated our 16th Annual Food Drive for the Food Pantry of Pelham at St. Patrick Parish, our 22nd. Annual Sponsor-A-Child program where residents in town purchase gifts for the children and families for Christmas and our 43rd. Annual Christmas Drive where volunteers from the various organizations including: The American Legion Post 100, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10722, St. Patrick Knights of Columbus Council 6902, the Pelham Firefighters Association and the Cub Scouts Pack 25 collected food and cash donations at the Pelham Plaza. In addition, we received donations throughout the year from the business community, organizations, schools, churches, families and individuals. We held our 19th Annual Golf Tournament and our 43rd. Annual Christmas Drive. These donations and our fundraisers have made it possible to provide financial assistance to our Pelham residents for household expenses and financially support a men’s and women’s shelter who cover residents of Pelham. In addition, we awarded one scholarship amounting to $2500 to a high school senior who had a financial need and had been accepted at a college and over the past thirteen years, we have awarded 16 scholarships amounting to $38,000. The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee is made up of fourteen volunteers who are dedicated and committed to helping our less fortunate residents in Pelham and your donations have allowed us to reach out to touch someone to let them know that we care. The committee would like to thank you for your support and we look forward to being of service to the community in the year 2013.

Frank Sullivan