Mother, 3 daughters live on $400 monthly

SUNBURY – A Sunbury mother of three, who asked not to be identified, says her part-time minimum-wage job doesn’t pay enough to let her buy holiday gifts for her daughters.  “I just found myself at a hard time right now,” she said, explaining why she has applied for help from the Salvation Army.  Two of the daughters are adults, 22 and 20, and the youngest is 8.

The mom says the 20-year-old lives with her and her younger sibling and helps with the rent and other expenses. Her youngest daughter understands the family’s situation, but she would like “girl things,” such as Monster High dolls, clothes for a Barbie doll and nail art supplies.

The family has a monthly income of about $400, which doesn’t cover the rent of more than $700 a month or utilities. The woman said she and her family have had the same home for 13 years, and they hope they don’t have to move.  “This is our home,” she said, adding that she has an understanding landlord.


Each year, The Daily Item, the Salvation Army of Milton and Sunbury, Susquehanna Bank and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation team up to raise money for families in need.


The Salvation Army distributes toys, food, clothing, and gifts to eligible families. You are asked to please consider a generous contribution to the Needy Family Fund. Donations can be dropped off at any branch of the Susquehanna Bank. More details are posted at (Gary Heller)





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