by Sam Loth, Community Fund Drive Committee Member

During this time of year the Chestnut Hill shopping district and surrounding residential blocks have a holiday glow about them that is unique in the city. This doesn’t just happen. Instead, it’s a truly cooperative effort by many nonprofit organizations that design, organize, develop and implement plans to offer you and yours a special and distinctively “old fashioned”holiday environment.

Everything from the lighted street trees to the fresh garland to the annual Holiday Parade are a joint effort. Your Chestnut Hill nonprofits have been working at it for quite a long time, and it shows. Organizing individual business owners, entrepreneurs, residents and the many goals and objectives of charitable groups to achieve a singular outcome is a hearty undertaking. A round of applause is in order!

So, when the Chestnut Hill Community Fund asks for your annual donation to help all of these groups continue these traditions, it’s not only the right thing to do, it’s also in everyone’s enlightened self-interest. That’s a good thing because it benefits all of us today, and it ensures that these traditions are carried on tomorrow for our children and newcomers to our very special part of Philadelphia.

Here are just some of the Northwest Philadelphia nonprofits that are awarded small cash grants by the CHCF. These grants keep our traditions safe and keep our neighborhood beautiful. Please help them continue their work: The Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment, the CH Garden District, the CH Historical Society, the CH Youth Sports Club, The Stagecrafters, Teenagers, Inc., the Woodmere Art Museum, the Center on the Hill and of course the Chestnut Hill Community Association that not only oversees much of what you experience but also brings you the Chestnut Hill Local weekly newspaper. Please give generously and thank you.

You can make a contribution in person or by mail to CHCF at 8434 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118 or online to or contact Noreen Spota at 215-248-8810. Thank you.