Needy Family Fund: Minimum wage isn’t much says Mom

NORTHUMBERLAND — Crystal Barann moved to Northumberland from Michigan about a month and a half ago with her 16-month-old son.  “My sister lives here, so I live with her currently.”  Barann was able to find a job since moving to the area, but says providing for her son is still a challenge.  “Money is tight and everything is getting more and more expensive.  Minimum wage just isn’t very much.”

She also has to spend money for a babysitter while she is at work.  Barann calls her son a really good kid and is hoping he will have a good Christmas.  “He likes toys that make noise and play music.  He is into Yo Gabba Gabba! and Barney right now.”

Barann says a friend told her about the Needy Family Fund.  “I mean, I am grateful for it and appreciative of the help so that my son can have some presents.” The Needy Family Fund provides toys, clothes and food 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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