SUMMIT, NJ - Her family has been part of the Summit Community for nearly 100 years. After losing her brother, Fran Moore Banks adopted his three special needs children -- two of which are now in college -- and raised them as her own.  The youngest teenager is still living with her.

Her mom died of cancer and her father, Lonnie Banks, a WW II Navy Veteran, exhausted his savings and the equity in his Summit home trying to save her. When Lonnie Banks recently passed, Fran inherited the heavily indebted family residence, which she is about to lose to foreclosure, meaning she will be in need of a new home. The combination of unpaid funeral expenses for her father, moving company expenses and capita needs for a fresh start are anticipated to total about $15,000.

Summit's Other Fellow First Foundation and the 'Helping Hands' initiative from Central Presbyterian Church are now partnering to help Fran Moore Banks, age 68, with this financial challenge.

Both organizations focus on the need to emphasize unity in the word community and invite others in the Hilltop City community to join them in helping someone who has spent their life helping others. A GoFundMe page has been set up to do just that, and can be accessed by visiting