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Melrose emergency fund near $30k

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 21, 2012 10:56 AM

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City of Melrose

Robert Davenport, manager of Shaw's supermarket in Melrose, and Mayor Rob Dolan. Shaw's donated $250 to the emergency fund in December.

The balance of Melrose's emergency fund has nearly tripled this month, according to an announcement from the city.

The fund totalled $29,000 as of Dec. 18, the announcement said, up from about $10,000 at the start of the month. Donations to the fund are used to help residents pay for basic needs like groceries, gas and heat on a one-time basis. About 400 Melrose families have received assistance since the fund was established in 2009.

Donations to the fund can be mailed to: Melrose Emergency Fund, Mayor's Office, 562 Main St., Melrose, Mass. 02176, or brought directly to Mayor Rob Dolan's office on the second floor of City Hall.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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