Needy Family Fund: Sunbury Dad spent Thanksgiving in the hospital

SUNBURY – Terry Aurand spent Thanksgiving in the hospital and he’s hoping to have a much better Christmas.  Aurand, his wife, son, son’s fiancé and grandson all live in a Sunbury home.

Aurand says, “I was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, which is the day after my birthday.  I had lost a fingernail and got an infection.  I had surgery Thanksgiving morning.”  It isn’t the only health struggle Aurand has been through.  “I lost a leg in 2006 due to an infection and I haven’t worked since then.”  Both Aurand and his wife are living on social security disability.  “My son injured his back at work, but he still does what he can,” says Aurand.  “His fiancé has a job at McDonald’s.”

A bright spot in the family is their 18-month-old grandson.  “I got to see my grandson on Thanksgiving Day.  I was awake for my operation and some family and friends came by to see me.”  He says even with struggles, they are looking forward to Christmas this year.

The Aurand family will get some extra assistance from the Salvation Army’s Needy Family Fund this year.  They have been helped in years past.  “Last time we got a ham and a turkey, which was a real surprise for us.  The Salvation Army is a great organization and when I worked, I always donated during the holidays.  It may not be a lot, but every nickel counts and there are a lot of people who need the help.”

The Needy Family Fund is a joint effort between the Milton and Sunbury Salvation Army, Susquehanna Bank, The Daily Item and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation.  The fund provides food, toys and clothes to Valley families in need.  This year’s goal is $75,000 and you can donate to any branch of Susquehanna Bank. (Sara Bartlett)

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