Mom: Minimum wage job, but still barely getting by

SUNBURY – A Sunbury family of four is looking forward to the holidays this year, but money is tight.  Stephanie Shrawder lives with her fiancé, as well as her 10-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son.

“Both my fiancé and I have jobs.  I am making minimum wage and even with both of us working we are just barely getting by.”

Shrawder’s daughter is in school and she says her son is trying to find a job.  As for the holidays, the 19-year-old is not asking for much. “My daughter though,” says Shrawder, “wants a tablet for Christmas.  I’m just not sure that’s going to happen.”

The family has been assisted by Salvation Army before.  “They provide a dinner for us and when I did it before it was mostly for my daughter, so I could have gifts for her.”

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

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