Needy Family Fund: Wife lost job two weeks before Christmas

SELINSGROVE – It has been a year of ups and downs for Amanda Boyer and her family of Selinsgrove.  Boyer got married this year, and now raises two stepdaughters, ages 10 and 12, along with her 5-year-old daughter.

The downside?  “I was working, but I lost my job just last week,” says Boyer.  Being hopeful, Boyer added, “But I have three job interviews coming up.”  Boyer’s husband works at a modular home building company.  “He works a lot.  Sometimes he works 12-15 hour days.”

With one current income and three girls, money has been tight, especially around the holidays.  The Boyer family will get assistance this year from The Needy Family Fund.  Boyer says they helped her family when she was little.

“My mom was holding down two jobs while raising my sister and me.  The Salvation Army helped us out with food and they were able to provide us with Christmas presents.  I am not ashamed to seek the help when I need it.”

Boyer says with their new family comes new Christmas traditions.  “We have instilled in the children that Christmas isn’t about gifts.  Without Christ, we would have nothing.  My 5-year-old wants a Bible for Christmas.”

The Needy Family Fund will help provide food, clothes, toys and more to Valley families.  “I just think it is a blessing that they have this program,” says Boyer.  “I am just glad they are around and can provide for children whose parents can’t give them a Christmas.  To see smiles on kids’ faces, that’s priceless.” 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 goal this year is $75,000 and you can donate to any branch of Susquehanna Bank. (Sara Bartlett)