NFF: Lewisburg widow struggles to provide for family
LEWISBURG — A Lewisburg woman struggles all year long. Although, as the sole provider for her son and grandson, she is especially worried about getting by during the holidays. Ruth Shemory’s husband passed away last October. Now it’s just her and the two boys. Her son has disabilities, so he stays home and watches the grandson while Ruth goes to work. She works at a local restaurant.
“I’m the only one working. I’m the only one bringing money home. I don’t get welfare or nothing, so it’s tough to keep up,” she said. Even if Ruth had the finances to afford presents for her family, it would be hard for her to get them without a ride. “I walk everywhere I need to go. I don’t drive. It’s hard when I’m working and taking care of the kids.”
Her grandson is still in second grade, so she wants to make sure he has a special Christmas. He isn’t asking for anything in particular. He’d just love Santa to bring him some surprises. While her grandson looks to Santa, Ruth is looking to the Needy Family Fund. She said she is grateful for whatever they can do for her and her family to make the holidays a bit brighter.
You can help the Shemory family and many others 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)