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The Jennifer Creed Fund was started to assist Jennifer’s family with the ever-mounting ”side” expenses of her Leukemia. Meals and parking at the hospital, as well as other non-medical expenses were devastating to the family’s finances. Friends of the family held fundraisers to assist the family with these non-medical expenses. It was acknowledged that when Jennifer was older, this funding could be used to assist in her education, since the tumor had caused her to be blind. Despite everyone’s best efforts Leukemia took Jennifer’s life 33 years ago. This was the inception of the Jennifer Creed Fund. The money remaining in the Fund was used to assist other families with the same circumstances as Ed and Mabel Creedís family. During this fundís beginning days, most of their resources went to help families at the Children’s Floating Hospital. This was accomplished by donating meal vouchers and parking passes to those in need. Dinner dances and other fund raisers were the Fundís only income, with the exception of occasional donations from previous recipients.
Xtra Mart was introduced to the Jennifer Creed Fund over twenty years ago. The union was a perfect match. Xtra Mart raises money to help the Jennifer Creed Fund through store promotions and a summer golf tournament. The Creed/ Xtra Mart partnership has enabled the Jennifer Creed Fund to utilize Xtra Mart’s marketing capability and beyond. This fund has no restriction on demographics. Recipient families must have a child with cancer or a birth defect. The fund has helped families with housing costs, rents, mortgage, computers to help with schoolwork, a summer camp to give the family a break, and many other things that help a family overcome the devastation of the dreaded diagnosis.
Today the Jennifer Creed Fund continues to help families with all the things that the original founders wished. Xtra Mart helps as a primary benefactor. As the holiday season approaches, lists of families are received from The Tomorrow Fund and New England Medical Center. A holiday financial boost is sent out to aid family finances. This past year, 150 families received a check for $ 250.00.
Volunteers meet monthly to see that the fund continues its programs to benefit the families of children that have cancer or birth defects. This means there is no payroll. The only expenses are for things like coin cans and other supplies.
Jennifer’s mother Mabel and her brother Michael still serve on the Board of Directors of the Jennifer Creed Fund.