VALLEY SANTA: Struggling Mothers Would Appreciate Help This Christmas
Kim, a local mother, has end-stage renal disease, the last stage of chronic kidney disease.
She is on a waiting list to receive a donor kidney and a transplant.
In a letter to Valley Santa, she asked for help in providing Christmas gifts for her three children.
“I have a limited income and try my hardest with making ends meet,” Kim wrote. “I would greatly appreciate it for my kids.”
Kim’s letter was one of many sent to Valley Santa from parents struggling to afford to buy Christmas presents for their children.
In another letter, local mother Samantha asked if Valley Santa could deliver a gift to her 3-year-old daughter Amelia who has a heart condition and other problems.
“My family is in need because I live in a low-income apartment,” Kim wrote. “I can’t work at this moment because I have a surgery coming up and a 3-year-old with a heart condition and other problems and I will be in a lot of appointments with her. I will appreciate all the help I can get.”
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.
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.