NFF: Widow doesn’t like asking for help

ALLENWOOD — A widow from Allenwood hates to ask for help.  She is embarrassed to need help, but at 71-years-old with arthritis and cataracts, she has nowhere else to turn.  The woman, who asked that her name not be used, has three sons spread across the country.  One lives in Williamsport, but he works long hours and hardly has time to visit.  She also has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren that she doesn’t often get to spend time with.

She is originally from England and most of her family lives there.  She moved here to marry her husband, who passed away in January 2010.   She began to cry as she said, “Since he left it’s a very lonely life.  It’s difficult for me.  Christmas is a bad time for me.  It just upsets me too much.”

The retired woman is living from check to check.  She is unable to work because of the arthritis in her knees, but she can’t take charity without giving back in some way.  “I’ve been knitting some hats.  I made about 20 hats and gave them to the Salvation Army to put into the Christmas boxes for people.  I can’t help them with money or anything, but some friends donated yarn to me so I made hats,” she said.

She is so grateful for the Needy Family Fund.  She said they are a blessing for people in these tough times. You can help her and other 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)