NFF: Crash, firing, send family back to area

MILTON— Lack of jobs drove a family from one county back to relatives’ house inNorthumberlandCounty.

VanWhy and her fiance, Scott Brown, moved into the home of Brown’s parents inMiltona few weeks ago after they had been living inNorthamptonCountysince May. They had leftNorthumberlandCountyforNorthamptonto be closer to most of their other relatives.

One of the reasons they moved back to the Valley was to find jobs.

“I couldn’t find one anywhere inNorthamptonCounty,” VanWhy said.

Brown had a job at a recycling plant, but after being injured in a motorcycle accident, he was told he couldn’t return until he could walk perfectly. A month and a half later, doctors approved his return to work, but the plant did not agree and fired him, VanWhy said.

After about five months inNorthamptonCounty, with VanWhy unable to find a job and Brown having been fired, the two and their 15-month-old daughter packed and returned toNorthumberlandCounty.

VanWhy and Brown start work this week at a fast-food restaurant. While they’re at work, Brown’s parents will watch their 15-month-old daughter.

“They help out with the baby a lot,” VanWhy said.

This holiday season, the family is receiving donations from Toys for Tots and The Salvation Army.

One of the big items they’re looking for this year is diapers for their baby, VanWhy said.

Each year, The Daily Item, the Salvation Army of Milton and Sunbury, Susquehanna Bank and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation team up to raise money for families in need. The Salvation Army distributes toys, food, clothing, and gifts to eligible families. You are asked to please consider a generous contribution to the Needy Family Fund. Donations can be dropped off at any branch of the Susquehanna Bank.  More details are posted at www.wkok.com. (Roger Stonebeck)

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