By Julie Huss email@example.com
---- — DERRY — The holidays are coming and many are struggling. The Derry Community Fund is once again ready to help.
The Community Fund has been a longstanding tradition in the Greater Derry area, serving families and individuals every year with food, clothing and toys.
Applications are now available through the Human Services Department at the Derry Municipal Center.
The volunteer group relies on help from local businesses and organizations as its readies to help people this year.
Community Fund organizers expect the number of those in need to increase over last year’s approximately 300 families helped.
“It definitely hasn’t subsided,” board member Diana Lagasse said. “Any donations are equally important this year.”
This year, food baskets will be distributed again at Thanksgiving and toys will be distributed at Christmas.
The Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, will be a drop-off location for both nonperishable food and new, unwrapped toys.
Food will be collected beginning early next month. Toys may be dropped off beginning Nov. 26.
Derry schools, churches and other town groups also collect food and other items to help families in need.
Lagasse said many groups approach the Community Fund to “adopt” a family for the season, providing dinner essentials and gifts for children.
In addition, the Derry News, a Community Fund partner and supporter, hosts its 28th annual Santa Fund drive this year. All money collected through the Santa Fund goes directly to the Community Fund for its mission work at the holidays and all year long.
Community Fund applications are due back by Nov. 8.
For information about the Derry Community Fund or to learn about applications and donations, call 548-6060 or email DNHCF1@gmail.com