Needy Family Fund: Mom, son, accept help

Sunbury mom raises autistic son alone

SUNBURY – This is not the first year Connie Banks of Sunbury will get assistance from the Needy Family Fund. “They are really nice people there at the Salvation Army and they really help people like me out a lot.” Banks is a single mom, raising her 8-year-old autistic son. “I try to provide him as best I can with learning tools and things to keep him busy.”

Banks is unemployed and is on disability. “I had a job at Wal-Mart and at Dollar General, but I am now on disability and have been for about four years.” Banks says times are tough financially between her unemployment and raising her son on her own. “It gets hectic to pay for everything on my own. I have my rent, utilities, food and then everything my son needs.” She says this year her son wants an Xbox for Christmas. “That is the only thing he talks about. I just say, well you have to talk to Santa.”

Banks says she is grateful for the help she will get this year from the Needy Family Fund. “There are really just great people and they are so helpful to me.” Each year the Salvation Army in Sunbury and Milton, 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 food, clothes, toys and more to Valley families in need. This year’s goal is $75,000. You can donate to the Needy Family Fund at any branch of Susquehanna Bank. (Sara Bartlett)

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