NFF Family: Milton woman ‘just can’t do it’

MILTON — A Milton woman loves spending time with her sister during the holidays. Jeanne, who asked that her last name not be used, is very caring. The retired woman will turn 79 on Christmas. While the holiday season brings her two occasions to receive presents, Jeanne wants nothing more than the company of her sister.

Jeanne’s 52-year-old sister has down syndrome. She lives in an assisted living home in Sunbury, but Jeanne likes to bring her back to Milton for the holidays. Being together makes the holidays more enjoyable for both of them. During her usual routine, Jeanne has to be careful getting by with just Social Security checks. She said, “It’s especially tough when my car acts up. I’m having trouble right now; I don’t have a heater in my car.”

Jeanne said the Needy Family Fund makes bringing her sister home much easier. Her sister is too old for the toys, but she sure enjoys the food. “She thinks she has to have a turkey for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Even though she can’t see the feathers, she knows it’s a turkey,” Jeanne said.

You can help Jeanne and other area families by donating to the Needy Family Fund. 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. (Codi Jade)

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