NFF: Dalmatia woman wants to give daughter good Christmas and birthday

DALMATIA– Today’s Needy Family Fund story focuses on a Dalmatia family.  For nursing student Amy Stoneroad, making sure her daughter has a great birthday is a must.  It just so happens that 8-year-old Jasmine Baldwin’s birthday falls on December 26.

“It’s hard because I have to try to get Christmas and a birthday all crammed in at once,” Stoneroad, 31, of Dalmatia, said. “This program helps out so much.”  Stoneroad said she is unemployed and is trying to better herself by attending Lebanon County College to gain her nursing degree.

“I used to work at a dialysis center, but because new management came in, they didn’t want to deal with a person who was attending college,” she said. “So they got rid of me.”  Stoneroad has struggled since trying to take care of her daughter and attending school.  “It’s hard,” she said. “Every little bit helps, and I want to be able to see my daughter have a good birthday and Christmas.

Stoneroad said she applied to the Needy Family Fund for help after realizing that money was going to be tight.  “I want to be able to finish school and get ahead,” she said. “In the meantime, I want to be able to see my daughter enjoy the holidays.”

Stoneroad and many other families will be helped by the Needy Family Fund this year.  Each year, The Daily Item, Susquehanna Bank, the Salvation Army of Milton and Sunbury and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation sponsor the Needy Family Fund.  The Salvation Army provides food, toys, clothes and other assistance to local families.  You can donate to any branch of Susquehanna Bank.



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