Needy Family Fund: Unemployment makes it difficult for a Merry Christmas

MILTON – A Milton couple does not expect to have a very merry holiday this year after her husband lost his job and they are living on her monthly disability payments.  They signed up for a food basket from the Salvation Army to benefit from the Needy Family Fund. Mary, who gave only her first name, said she hadn’t asked for help for years.

“I did years ago when my kids were little,” she said.  She said the food will be of some assistance to them.  They usually stay home for the holidays and expect their youngest daughter to visit. They have another daughter in Florida who won’t be able to make it for Christmas.

They also have one grandchild and “one on the way,” said Mary, who has been on disability for 13 years after suffering a stroke.  Her husband lost his job in February which resulted in them losing their car.

“He’s trying to get on disability. He has health issues,” she said.  “When people see how he walks, nobody wants to hire him.

“They got rid of the department where he worked.”  She and her husband are both 52 years old.  Mary now receives slightly more than $600 in disability a month.

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




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