NFF: Illiterate mother wants good Christmas for daughter

SUNBURY — Sandra, a 27-year-old single mother, struggles to get by on Social Security and food stamps. Rent and utilities take a significant chunk of her money.  For the first time, she is seeking help from the Salvation Army this holiday season.

She’s not asking for anything for herself. But her 6-year-old daughter, Cassandra, certainly would like to find baby dolls, especially Barbie items, under the Christmas tree.  “I have no help and her dad’s not in her life,” Sandra said.  “I just want my daughter to be happy.”

Sandra is unemployed. It’s difficult for her to seek work because she can’t read or write, despite being a high school graduate.  “It’s rough around Christmas, and every day, but you gotta get through it,“ she 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. (Jim Birt)

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