VALLEY SANTA: Single Moms Ask For Help For Christmas
Courtney, a single mother, and her 6-year-old son Aiden recently moved to the area after enduring domestic violence and subsequently living in a shelter.
Aiden has a developmental disorder and Courtney said it is tough because she is forced to work to pay bills.
“Sometimes I can’t even afford toiletries and basic needs like a coat for him or the right size of shoes for him,” Courtney wrote in a letter to Valley Santa. “This year will be extra hard on us since we are in a new state, new school, new job, etc. Plus I can’t afford any gifts for my son.”
Courtney asked Valley Santa if her son could receive Legos, but she said she also would be grateful for help with buying food, clothes and toiletries.
In another letter to Valley Santa, single mother Tracy wrote that she is a full-time college student who works two jobs for less than 15 hours a week and makes $9 an hour. After she buys food, household items, diapers and wipes, she doesn’t have much money left.
She asked if Valley Santa could provide a gift for her 3-year-old son Mason. She hopes he could receive educational toys, toy sea animals and a piggy bank.
“Being able to receive a gift from Valley Santa will help out a lot when it comes to Christmas,” Tracy wrote.
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.
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.
Call Help Line: 570-829-1341.