Needy Family Fund: Grandparents put grandkids first

MILTON — For grandparents Bill and Sheryl O’Rourke, this Christmas is about building the hope and faith and showing their grandchildren people still care.

Bill and his Sheryl, both 62, of Milton, are trying to erase a tough few years and have one day when they can sit with their 13-year-old and 5-year-old grandchildren and watch them open presents.  Bill, who was diagnosed with cancer in January, lost his job after the Williamsport company he worked for had to furlough employees, Sheryl said.

“It’s been really tough,” she said.“We have our two children and their children living with us and we are doing everything we can to survive.”  Sheryl appealed to the Needy Family Fund because she wants to see her grandchildren enjoy Christmas after experiencing some tough times in the last few years.

“I just want them to enjoy the day,” she said. “They are children who deserve to have a good Christmas, and we have been doing all we could to find work but our age has a lot to do with it.”  Sheryl O’Rourke said the family moved to Milton from Williamsport more than a year ago.

“We love it here, and we love the people,” she said. “I think this Needy Family Fund is a great thing, and we aren’t looking for anything for us because at our age we got what we wanted, but we are looking to put smiles on our grandchildren’s faces.”

Each year the Salvation Army in Milton and Sunbury, Susquehanna Bank, The Daily Item and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation team up to raise money for Valley families.  This year’s goal is $75,000.  The Needy Family Fund provides toys, food, clothes and more.  You can donate at any branch of Susquehanna Bank.

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