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The Bethlehem Community Fund quietly assists families in need in the Bethlehem community who may fall through the cracks of traditional programs, according to organizers.

Some may need assistance because of change in economic status from a job loss, divorce, illness, or natural disaster or some other situation that life throws their way. Children may receive help with school supplies, tutoring, clothing, eye glasses, camp tuition to name a few. Senior citizens may need help with home repairs, medial costs, pet care or an emergency need.

At the holidays, more than 100 Bethlehem families receive baskets of food, clothing and gifts. Last December, $5,000 worth of gift cards were distributed through the Bethlehem School District.

It is has been neighbor helping neighbor since 1942 and done with dignity and honor.

The BCF relies on fundraising efforts by students, church groups, service clubs, businesses and individuals to meet operational costs as well as funds for donations. The Fund is a tax-exempt organization and donations are tax deductible in accordance with the IRS guidelines. The Fund also hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, however, with restrictions over the past year, outright donations are greatly appreciated at this time, are being use to assist those who are effected by COVID.

Anyone in need can reach out to the school, church or town with

 a request, or by filling out a request on the Bethlehem Community Fund’s website at or email

Donations can be sent to the Fund at PO Box 341, Delmar, NY 12054.

Donation of $5,000 in gift cards made in Dec. 2020