The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund recently completed its 43rd year by helping 37 residents in Pelham throughout the year with household expenses, including rent, heat, electricity and food amounting to $26,120. During the Christmas season, the fund provided toys, clothing and food to 26 families, including 61 children.
The Good Neighbor Fund Committee had a lot of help along the way. The Post Office provided space for the 16th Annual Food Drive for the Food Pantry of Pelham at St. Patrick Parish. Residents purchased gifts for children and families in the annual Sponsor-A-Child program for Christmas. Volunteers pitched in for the Christmas drive, including American Legion Post 100, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10722, St. Patrick Knights of Columbus Council 6902, the Pelham Firefighters Association and Cub Scouts Pack 25. The drive also received donations throughout the year from the business community, organizations, schools, churches, families and individuals. Proceeds from the fund's 19th Annual Golf Tournament also helped in the committee's efforts.
In addition to helping Pelham residents and contributing to the financial support of men's and women's shelters that serve Pelham residents, the Good Neighbor Fund also awarded a scholarship of $2,500 to a high school senior. Over the years, the fund has awarded 16 scholarships amounting to $38,000.
The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee is made up of 14 volunteers who are dedicated and committed to helping less fortunate residents.