The Derry News Santa Fund is teaming up with The Eagle-Tribune Santa Fund to make Christmas brighter for the area's less fortunate.

The newspaper is accepting donations to help families celebrate the holiday season with toys and food. Starting this year, the Merrimack Valley YMCA will help to administer the fund for the Derry News and its sister paper The Eagle-Tribune to ensure the money raised goes to support local people in need.

Donations will continue to support residents of Greater Derry and Londonderry as well as others throughout the region.

The Eagle-Tribune Santa Fund has a long history. Since beginning in 1924, it has been a conduit for millions of dollars used to buy Christmas presents and provide other assistance. The Derry News Santa Fund has also helped thousands of people since it began in the 1980s.

Beneficiaries have included the unemployed, people who’ve suffered serious illnesses and families who have lost their homes. They are our neighbors, coworkers and friends.

Last year The Eagle-Tribune Santa Fund raised more than $75,000, while the Derry News raised more than $10,000. This year’s goal is loftier: We hope to collect $125,000.

No contribution is too small. Donors often give in memory of late loved ones, or send holiday greetings. Others give anonymously.

Tax-deductible contributions to The Santa Fund will be shared with the Merrimack Valley YMCA, which supports local families during the holidays with its food pantry and annual toy drive, among other programs. It also works in partnership with other agencies and nonprofit groups serving the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.

Send donations to The Eagle-Tribune Santa Fund, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, Massachusetts, 01845; or through our secure website at

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