VALLEY SANTA: Mom Struggling To Buy Gifts This Christmas
Amy, a single mother, is struggling to provide Christmas presents for her three children.
She works full-time and tries to pick up extra hours so she could afford gifts but “it’s not working,” according to a letter she wrote to Valley Santa.
“I’m trying to give them a good Christmas but it’s so hard doing everything by myself,” she wrote.
She has a 3-year-old daughter Layla who likes Minnie Mouse and Paw Patrol; a 7-year-old son Jacob who has autism and who likes Lightning McQueen from the movie Cars and a 9-year-old daughter Natalie who likes to draw, color and make things and who wants to be an artist.
Valley Santa relies on donations to purchase toys for children in need. Volunteers shop for and wrap the toys at Boscov’s in Wilkes-Barre and the gifts are delivered to children in need throughout Luzerne County like Layla, Jacob and Natalie.
“Anything that they get they appreciate,” Amy wrote. “I hate having to ask for help but any type of help that I can get for them will be greatly appreciated and I will be so thankful.”
Send a check or money order to The Valley Santa Fund Inc., P.O. Box 5276, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Checks should be made payable to The Valley Santa Fund Inc. Visit valleysanta.org to donate via PayPal. All donations are tax deductible. Monetary donations also will be accepted at any M&T Bank branch in the Wyoming Valley. Because Santa has no workshop or warehouse space, no new or used toys can be accepted. Donors names will be published in The Citizens’ Voice and Standard-Speaker.
Call Help Line: 570-829-1341.
Write a letter in care of Valley Santa, P.O. Box 5268, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Explain the need that exists in as much detail as possible. You must include your name, ages and genders of your children, your full address, zip code and telephone number. The letter must be co-signed by a clergy member or social worker and must include their name, address and telephone number for confirmation purposes. Requests will be considered for children 12 years of age and younger. Requests must be postmarked by Dec. 15. No telephone requests will be accepted.