NFF: Single mother struggling to take care of two kids
SUNBURY — A 29-year-old single mother who has spent the past two years taking care of the elderly and her two children needs help herself as Christmas nears. The woman, who asked that her name not be used, worked as a part-time home health-care aide, visiting senior citizens, administering their medicine, making sure they ate, giving them showers, then racing home to care for her 10-year-old daughter and 7-month-old son.
Her life hasn’t been so easy. The woman is disabled, as is her daughter. Her fiancé, the father of her two children, was furloughed in May. His mother died in September. She says, “We’re barely getting by, we live month to month. I buy everything for the kids that they need. When I am done paying the bills, I don’t have two cents to rub together.” That’s if she is even able to pay the bills.”
“At times I have to let things go because I need diapers and wipes and clothes for my kids. There are times when I almost got the electricity shut off.” This Christmas, her daughter would love a new bicycle. 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. (Bill Foley)