Needy Family Fund: Grandma seeks gifts for two girls
MILTON — A woman living on disability is depending on the Salvation Army to supply her granddaughters with Christmas presents this year.
“I loved to work,” said Sina Rodriguez, of Milton, before a 1989 diagnosis that showed she had fluid filling up in her head. She used to work at a local KFC, and her boss told her to go see a doctor after noticing that Rodriguez was in pain during her shift. “If I hadn’t have gone there I would have died,” she said.
She received surgical treatment but is now having problems again, which she thinks might be related to a tube placed in her body intended to relieve fluid pressure. She also has arthritis and seizures.
She currently lives with her boyfriend and granddaughters, who are 8 and 10. “Right now, we’re trying to get some heat,” she said. “It’s been really tough paying all the bills … we pay the bills and there’s nothing left,” she said.
She’s previously received donations of canned and non-perishable food from the Hands-Up Foundation and last Christmas her granddaughters received bikes from The Salvation Army. She’s hoping to get gifts for them again from the organization this Christmas.
Each year, the Salvation Army of Milton and Sunbury, Susquehanna Bank, The Daily Item and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation team up to raise money for the Needy Family Fund. The fund provides toys, clothes and food to Valley families in need. This year’s goal is $75,000 and you can donate to any branch of Susquehanna Bank.