NFF: Grandmother asking for help

MILTON – A grandmother caring for her 11-year old granddaughter has applied for aid from the Salvation Army this year.  “This is the first time I went to the Salvation Army for help,” said the grandmother, who did not want her family’s name published. “I’m hoping to get a basket from them.”

Her granddaughter is living with her after the girl was removed from the care of her mother in November 2011. The girl’s mother was a drug abuser, the grandmother said.  The process of making the grandmother the girl’s legal guardian began two weeks ago. The girl’s mother has not bothered to get in touch with caseworkers at all, the grandmother said.
“It’s dragging on,” she said.  She worked for 31 years at what is now the ConAgra plant in Milton before retiring. Her husband died in 2007.  “I’m on Social Security and a small pension. That’s it,” she said. She does work at The Fence Drive-In near Montandon in the spring and summer.

Her granddaughter is doing well today, she said.  “She wants a lot of things (for Christmas), but she’s not going to get them,” she added. (Robert Stoneback)

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




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