Needy Family Fund: Grandfather says getting gifts for kids is tough this year

SUNBURY — A Sunbury man would like nothing better than to help others this Christmas.  Instead though, he is seeking food through the Salvation Army for himself and his fiancee.  The 49-year-old says, “I’d like to be the person to hand this food off to other people, to not need it myself.”

Bob, who asked that his full name not be published, is disabled and cannot work.  He says, “This is really a bad time with increased costs and everything.  We can barely make ends meet.”  On top of that,  Bob says he has five grandchildren here in Pennsylvania and two in Maryland.  He says, “Every penny counts, but how do you explain to kids about inflation?

Bob lauded the Salvation Army and the Needy Family Fund for helping Valley residents in need.

“All the credit goes to the Salvation Army. It’s a good program,” he said. “The smiles on Christmas morning from the children is what matters.”

He said this is the first Christmas that he has sought help from the Salvation Army, but that the agency has provided him with food in the past.

“The big thing is acceptance,” he said. “I’m learning daily this season. … Every day that I go in a store, I’m learning patience. It’s not the number of people in the store, but the attitude of those around you. Everyone is in a hurry.”

Bob said he tries to keep a positive attitude, but sometimes it’s difficult.

The Needy Family Fund will provide food, toys, clothes to Valley families in need.  It is a joint effort between the Salvation Army in Sunbury and Milton, Susquehanna Bank, The Daily Item and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation.  This year’s goal is $75,000 and you can donate to any branch of Susquehanna Bank. (Barb Ritchey, The Daily Item)

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